The rioter who was slapped with federal charges after sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the siege of the US Capitol claimed on video that he was “pushed” inside her quarters.
“They started it! I came to peacefully protest! They maced me,” Richard Barnett tells YouTuber Brandon Buckingham.
“I didn’t break in – I got pushed in,” Barnett adds as he holds an envelope with Pelosi’s letterhead. “I paid a quarter for this. I’m not a thief! It had my blood on it.”
Barnett, who goes by the nickname Bigo, also says he left the speaker a note.
“It’s on her desk right now and, Nancy, when you get back to work you can read it,” he continues. “I’m gonna tell you what it says … it says, ‘Nancy, Bigo was here, you b—!’”
The 60-year-old has been charged with federal counts including violent entry, theft of public property, disorderly conduct and entering and remaining on restricted grounds.
“The shocking images of Mr. Barnett with his boots up on a desk in the Speaker of the House’s office on Wednesday was repulsive,’’ acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement Friday.