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Woman Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop Also Allegedly Encouraged People to Destroy Evidence; Now Prosecutor Wants Her Internet Access to be Limited

Prosecutors want a judge to prohibit a woman’s internet access after it was reported that she has been encouraging people to destroy evidence related to the Capitol insurrection.

Riley Williams, 22, was arrested in Pennsylvania on Jan. 18 for her role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. She faces several charges including theft, trespassing and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Williams is suspected of participating in the theft of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the riot.

Riley Williams, 22, was arrested in Pennsylvania on Jan. 18 for her role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. She faces several charges including theft, trespassing and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. (Photo: CBS Philly YouTube screenshot)

Williams was released on bail Thursday into the custody of her mother. She was ordered to remain confined at home and wear an ankle monitor.

On Monday Scott McFarlane of NBC 4 reported that the Justice Department suspects that Williams has been using the internet in recent days to encourage people to destroy evidence in the Capitol insurrection case.

A federal prosecutor asked Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui to limit Williams’ internet access. The prosecutors requested that Faruqui prohibit Williams from computer, phone and internet access, and also asked that the court order a mental health assessment.

Pelosi’s HP laptop was stolen from her office the day of the Capitol riot. A video shared with investigators by Williams’ ex-boyfriend shows a woman believed to be Williams is seen telling a man to “put on gloves” before he touches the laptop on the desk. Capitol Police have confirmed the video was taken inside of Pelosi’s office.

Williams’ former partner told investigators she told him she planned to sell the laptop to a Russian intelligence service. None of the charges Williams faces are related to allegations she planned to sell the laptop. Court documents claim those allegations remain under investigation.

Faruqui said he was surprised that prosecutors didn’t request that Williams be jailed pending the resolution of her case.

On social media, users expressed concerns about Williams’ release on bail.

Williams’ attorney said the accusations against her client are “overstated” and that the ex-boyfriend who reported Williams to the FBI had been abusive.

Williams’ first court appearance was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25, but was postponed until the next day. If convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison.

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30 thoughts on “Woman Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop Also Allegedly Encouraged People to Destroy Evidence; Now Prosecutor Wants Her Internet Access to be Limited

  1. Anonymous says:

    She needs to be in jail, just like every other Hispanic or African American

  2. ROBIN says:

    Seriously, wow ,,,we have a serious flaw in our criminal justice system!!! Committed a serious offence and get a slap for being a white Republican!!! Its O.k. !!!! Go home to mommy!!!! Wake up White America!!!!!! Or should I say ,,,GROW UP!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The “Stolen laptop” So American to try and sell to Russia.🤦🏽‍♀️ Treason!

  4. Verbena says:

    They should have never released her on bail. Think about the seriousness of what she is charged with. She can still find ways to gain access to the internet. Take her back into custody until all court appearances are done. She is a threat to the USA.

  5. Mel says:

    Why is this person not under charges, in jail and waiting for a trial. Theft of Federal property. This does not make sense.

  6. jothi rathnam says:

    please give education job money relief to american youngsters !
    don’t trouble life of future citizens life..
    Don’t defame white people by writing a news on people life to disorderly conduct or laptop theft !!

    nancy can get 100 laptops, neither one laptop don’t do anything miracle to nation than ordinary constitutions…

  7. James Ellis says:

    The lack of respect for those held before her, after her, who ARE NOT WHITE, a national disgrace. This is political, judicial racism at its very worst. Time to get after tge lack of legal parity!

  8. Anne says:

    She needs punishment, not bail. Released to her mother’s custody is just a slap on the wrist, this woman needs jail/prison time.

  9. Yolanda says:

    Seriously 😳 so she is going to sell Pelosi’s laptop to all of Russia 🇷🇺 I personally would have had someone hack it and see what real corrupt is in that laptop I’m sure there was a lot of emails identifying all the corruption and who.

  10. ANTHONY BRUCE says:

    Let’s see now. Abuse by your boyfriend excuses your actions at the Capitol. My calculator (someone stole my laptop) is having a difficult time with that equation.

    And if her lawyer is worth his fee, he will move to dismiss any legally insufficient charges.

  11. Darwin Gilbert says:

    Everyone that entered that building should get 20 yrs without possibly of parole. END OF STORY, I bet that the next wave of protesters will think twice before they try that shit again!!!!!!

  12. Darwin Gilbert says:

    Everybody that went into that building should go to jail for 20yrs END OF STORY.

  13. Anonymous says:

    White lives matter😂

  14. Terry says:

    Why is this girl allowed out of jail, access to internet, and access to people in order to encourage them to delete her posts? She needs to be in jail or a psych unit. It is these bleeding heart judges that encourage criminal behavior. No more, “you do the crime; you do the time” You do the crime you go home for dinner.

  15. A. Metrano says:

    Hang, shoot, burn,stone that terrorist bitch! Commie Red Trump Chump!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I certainly don’t condone abuse but what does her boyfriend’s alleged abuse have to do with anything?

  17. Eugene says:

    She’s done. 5 years will do with no parole

  18. wIlliam caraway says:


  19. william caraway says:

    . LOCK UM UP

  20. Anonymous says:

    You go girl

  21. Marcial says:

    She has to be punished really seriously also this has to be punished for something to Donald Trump because he exited to do that.

  22. Vernon Byron says:

    This B-word is a traitor and STILL should be in jail!

  23. Hipbob says:

    She should be tried for treason. She tried selling government secrets to Russia.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Sooo much double standards!!!!!

  25. Linda says:

    Let justice prevail. If someone breaks the law, trespasses or steals, then there needs to be consequences.

  26. Katherine Griffin says:

    Don’t CARE if her boyfriend is/was abusive: it has no bearing on what she did. She was PART OF AN INSURRECTION AGAINST THE USA 🇺🇸 AND NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL!!!!!

  27. Charles says:

    In 1976 a black history teacher told me in 1976. “When gays get into office it will devide the populous and the government will collapse for the same reasons the Roman empire collapsed, I may not see this in my day, but you will in yours”

    Mrs. White (black history teacher) p.s.189, NYC

  28. sandie says:

    there are indeed two justice systems however, it isn’t white vs black it is rich vs poor. If you have money you get away with anything if you are poorer the police do target you. Not everyone in a poor neighborhood is bad and I understand police can’t tell difference looking at you but they do jump to conclusions and don’t listen.

  29. Jacqueline says:

    Her and all kkk members should be arrested they r inciting violence why can’t we get along?.

  30. Connie says:

    Our justice system needs a huge overhaul. This lady shouldn’t have been released from jail given the crime she committed. I agree with other readers, people have been caught with small amounts of marijuana and are still in jail. Yes I’m white, but several young black kids have committed petty crimes and got prison time plus never was released from jail. Americans need to start looking at the crime committed before throwing the book at individuals. This lady did a very serious crime she should be in jail now.

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