Nancy Pelosi‘s lectern is back at the U.S. Capitol … a week after a Florida man gleefully carried it out during a failed coup.
The House Speaker’s lectern was wheeled into the building Wednesday and, as we reported, it did not suffer any damage. Still, pretty sure the lectern was or will be sanitized like hell. No word yet if the gavel was also returned.
As you know by now … Adam Johnson is the man picked up last week on a federal warrant in Florida for his role in the Capitol riots, which, of course, included him taking the lectern. Images of the 36-year-old were plastered online and on TV during and after the insurrection. Goes without saying, it wasn’t hard to ID him.
Johnson, a married man and stay-at-home father of 5, is slated to appear later this month in D.C. but already Johnson’s lawyer told reporters earlier this week the case is going to be an uphill battle ’cause, ya know, there are pictures of the guy taking the lectern!
Johnson’s attorneys, Dan Eckhart and David Bigney, acknowledged as much during a news conference this week outside a Tampa courthouse. Eckhart said, “You have a photograph of our client in a building, unauthorized to be there, with what appears to be a podium or a lectern.”
When a reporter told Eckhart how the photo will be problematic, he said, “Yeah, I don’t know how to explain that. But, that would be a problem. I’m not a magician.”
Johnson’s currently free on $25k bond but he had to surrender his passport and must wear a tracking device.