The lawyer of a Florida man who was photographed carrying the lectern of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) throughout last week’s U.S. Capitol insurrection is struggling to describe the picture when protecting his customer.
Adam Johnson was jailed on a federal warrant Friday and charged with theft of government residential or commercial property, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and intentionally getting in or staying in a limited structure or premises without legal authority. Johnson was launched on a $25,000 signature bond on Monday and is being represented by attorneys David Bigney and Dan Eckhart, who appeared to struggle to defend the photo of Johnson while talking to the media outside a federal courthouse in Tampa.
” You have a photo of our client in a building, unauthorized to be there with what seems a podium or lectern,” Eckhart said on Monday. “I don’t know how else to explain that. However yeah, that would be an issue. I’m not a magician and neither is Mr. Bigney. So yeah, we have actually got a photo of our client, who appears to be inside a federal building, or inside the Capitol, with federal government property.”
Newsweek connected to Eckhart for additional comment.
The January 6 insurrection, instigated by an angry mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who believed false claims that the governmental election had been “stolen,” resulted in the deaths of 5 people. In the instant consequences of the deadly riot, Trump called those involved “excellent patriots” prior to being prohibited by Twitter and other social media platforms. Your house is anticipated to soon vote on impeaching the outgoing president for a 2nd time.
The image of Johnson inside the Capitol was among numerous that quickly went viral in the after-effects of the riot, only to be later on utilized as evidence by detectives. It reveals Johnson posing with a large smile and waving as he carried Pelosi’s lectern quickly went viral. Richard Barnett, the topic of another viral image taken inside Pelosi’s workplace, was jailed in Arkansas on similar charges around the same time.
Eckhart and Bigney defended their customer later Monday during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, declaring that Johnson was not involved in the violent breach of the structure itself while thinking that things had actually merely gotten “out of hand.” Bigney firmly insisted that Johnson was just present at the riot and inside the Capitol in order to “witness history.”
” He was there to witness a bit of history which’s the level of it,” Bigney told Cuomo. “He wasn’t involved in any coup. He wasn’t involved in any planning of any getting in of the Capitol. Things got out of hand. You saw the pictures. He was not there for any destruction, any treason. He was simply there to witness history.”
A declaration of facts by FBI Unique Agent Michael Jeng found that there was “likely cause” to believe otherwise. In addition to the photo of Johnson with Pelosi’s lectern, which was taken by Getty Images photographer Win McNamee, the declaration includes another image that Johnson apparently published to social media himself. The second image appears to show Johnson grinning next to a “Closed to all tours” indication, most likely taken inside the Capitol, with Johnson consisting of the short caption “No.”