Wanted restroom, says suspect in riot


Richard “Bigo” Barnett of Gravette was just looking for a restroom when he “wandered” into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a filing Tuesday in federal court in the District of Columbia.

A reporter asked Barnett, 60, to pose for pictures at a desk in Pelosi’s office, according to the motion filed by his attorneys, Joseph D. McBride and Steven A. Metcalf II of New York City.

The reporter told Barnett to “act natural,” wrote the attorneys.

Barnett obliged, propping his feet on the desk.

Photos of Barnett with his feet on the desk were used by news media around the world, making him “one of the stars of this assault,” District of Columbia Chief Judge Beryl Howell said after a Jan. 28 hearing in which she ordered pretrial detention for Barnett.

A grand jury indicted Barnett on seven charges in connection with the riot, including 18 U.S.C….

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