The people arrested for breaking into the Capitol on January 6 are learning how serious the Justice Department and FBI consider these actions. All across the country suspects are being identified, arrested and charged for serious crimes, appearing to completely catch many of the alleged criminals by surprise, as if they were taking part in nothing more than a prank gone bad.
One way authorities are finding out who’s involved, and to what level, is through tips from friends, family and acquaintances. It was through one of these types of tips that has landed Riley June Williams into a nightmare of trouble after she was accused of unlawfully breaching the Capitol building.
Williams is being investigated to see if she took a laptop and hard drive from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, and tried to sell the device to Russian intelligence.
The criminal case being outlined agains Williams show that she may have been involved in thefts that could have potentially jeopardized national security equities, and a bad past relationship may be coming back to haunt her. According to the affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the FBI received a tip from a former romantic partner of Williams.
The affidavit also said the person who provided the tip said Williams “intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell it to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.”
Williams made an attempt to avoid authorities who may have been on her tale. The FBI said she bolted from an address in Pennsylvania she shared with her mother, took down her social media accounts and deactivated her cell number.