A LAWYER for a Capitol rioter who was photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern admitted his client’s case would be difficult because he is “not a magician.”
Dan Eckhart, who is representing the suspect Adam Johnson, acknowledged in an interview on Monday that the images of his client do not put him in a good position.
In one photograph from last Wednesday’s Capitol riot, Johnson, 36, holds Pelosi’s lectern on his right arm and waves with his left hand, while grinning.
“You have a photograph of our client in a building, unauthorized to be there, with what appears to be a podium or a lectern, I’m not exactly sure which one it is called, but that’s what we have,’’ Eckhart said.
A reporter then remarked that would be a problem for Eckhart as a defense attorney.
“Yes, I don’t know how else to explain that, but yeah, that would be a problem,” Eckhart replied.
“I’m not a magician, so yeah, we’ve got a photograph of our client in what appears to be inside a federal building or inside the Capitol with federal property.’’
Johnson, a father of five from Parrish, Florida, was arrested on a federal warrant on Friday night, according to the Daily Mail.
He faces three counts of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct inside the Capitol, and theft of government property.
Johnson was released on Monday on a $25,000 bond, WTSP reported.
He wore a GPS tracker on his ankle upon release and must surrender his firearms and passport and follow a curfew from 9pm to 6am.
At Monday's hearing, Assistant US Attorney Patrick Scruggs said "this is a serious case" and "everyone involved in the storming of the Capitol last week needs to be held accountable for their actions, including Mr. Johnson," according to the Tampa Bay Times.
During Wednesday’s insurrection, thousands of Trump fans stormed the Capitol building to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Some MAGA fans navigated a maze of corridors and found Pelosi’s office in just 10 minutes and trashed the office and took a laptop.
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