Capitol suspect who put feet on Pelosi’s desk has court outburst

Capitol suspect who put feet on Pelosi's desk has court outburst
Richard Barnett in the speaker’s office during the Capitol attack in January. Source: AFP/Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Of all the pictures that were taken during the US Capitol riot on 6 January, one of the most famous is of a man, who later became a suspect, sitting on a chair with one foot on the desk of Nancy Pelosi, the US House speaker.

On Thursday, a judge told that that man named Richard Barnett that he is to remain in jail until his next court date in May.

Barnett began to yell at US district judge Christopher Cooper, saying “it’s not fair” that he should remain in custody as he awaits trial.

“Everybody else who did things much worse are already home,” Barnett, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, told Cooper during the virtual hearing, according to court records and reporters listening in. “I’ve been here for a month, they’re going to set it for another month, and everybody else is getting out.”

The suspect was arrested in January from his home state Arkansas, and faces a series of federal charges over his alleged role in the insurrection, disrupting official proceedings, including violent entry and disruptive and disorderly conduct.

Upon leaving Speaker Pelosi’s office on the day of the riot, Barnett was seen by a New York Times reporter holding an envelope which displayed Pelosi’s letterhead.

Mr Barnett told the Times that he “put a quarter on her desk” in exchange for the letter. He also said he “wrote her a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk”.

The Trump supporter is also facing charges of theft of public property.

In a statement to NBC News, Barnett’s attorney Joseph D McBride denies that his outburst was directed at the judge.

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