Along with shutting down the proceedings of the U.S. Congress and forcing lawmakers to flee to safety during an important vote on the presidential election, the pro-Trump mob that stormed through the Capitol on Wednesday stole equipment, ripped down signs and damaged property—brazen actions they could be prosecuted for, many of which were caught on camera.
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In a photo snapped by Getty Images, an unidentified vandal wearing a “Trump” ski cap appeared to steal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) podium, all while smiling and waving at the camera.
Trump supporters took over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, upending tables, ripping down pictures, and removing a sign posted by the entrance to be used as a “trophy,” ; computers in Pelosi’s office may have been compromised.
Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill tweeted that a laptop “only used for presentations” had been stolen from the speaker’s conference room, while House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn told reporters his iPad was stolen.
“Items, electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices, documents and materials were stolen,” Michael Sherwin, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said Thursday.
Richard Barnett, 60, from Gravette, Arkansas, posed for the New York Times with a note stolen from Pelosi’s office, saying he didn’t steal it because he “left a quarter” on Pelosi’s desk.
As they attempted to break inside the Capitol, crowds of Trump supporters shattered windows all across the Capitol in footage caught on tape
In a video posted to Twitter, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said rioters “smashed the door” of his office “virtually off its hinges,” stole a laptop, “tore things off the walls,” stole a laptop off a conference table and trashed the room.
The office of the Senate parliamentarian was raided with papers strewn across the ground, according to footage captured by CNN:
A John Lewis “shrine” was “destroyed” in House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office, Hoyer said in a tweet Thursday.
Outside the Capitol, a group of Associated Press reporters were chased from their camera equipment by rioters, prompting a crowd to then destroy it.
Forbes has reached out to Pelosi’s office and the Capitol police about the extent of the damage.
Not So Big Number
52. That’s how many people have been arrested as of 9:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, according to D.C. police.
A photo of Barnett sitting in Pelosi’s office went viral on Wednesday.
What To Watch For
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser did not say whether rioters would be arrested if they stayed out past the mandated 6 p.m. EST curfew on Wednesday in an interview with CNN. At the Capitol, trespassers have been told they must leave by 6 p.m. or be arrested, according to Politico.
“Electoral College ballots rescued from the Senate floor,” Sen. Merkley said on Twitter. “If our capable floor staff hadn’t grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob.”
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