A man seen in a viral photo lounging at a desk inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s suite of offices amid Wednesday’s chaos at the Capitol allegedly swiped a letter meant for a Missouri congressman.
The man, identified in reports as 60-year-old Richard Barnett, flashed the letter, addressed to Republican Rep. Billy Long, to reporters outside the Capitol building.
In an expletive-laced interview with New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, Barnett, from Arkansas, argued he did not steal the envelope since he left some change on the desk.
“I didn’t steal it. I bled on it because they were macing me and I couldn’t f—ing see,” Barnett said, according to video posted to Twitter by Rosenberg.
“So I figure ‘well, I’m in her office, I got blood in her office, I’ll put a quarter on her desk even though she ain’t f—ing worth it,” he added.
In November, Barnett was interviewed at a pro-Trump rally by KNWA where he backed the president’s claims of voter fraud, according to the new outlet.
Wednesday, he was inside Pelosi’s office as other men were seen wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and horsing around with desk phones.
Another demonstrator was seen grinning as he walked away with Pelosi’s podium as unprecedented scenes of looting and chaos engulfed the Capitol.
Demonstrators overpowered police and trapped lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives chamber, leading to a tense armed standoff.