The MAGA rioter who stole Parliament's lectern, Nancy Pelosi, during violent protests at the Capitol last week, was released on Monday on $ 25,000 bail – and his lawyers say he was in DC during the protest "To witness history".
Florida father, 36-year-old Adam Christian Johnson, 36, who was photographed from the Capitol building with Pelosi's lectern during the chaotic riot on Wednesday, was released from prison around 1 p.m. on Monday.
He was arrested on Friday night on federal orders and sent to Pinellas County Jail. He faces three incidents of entering or staying in a restricted building without legitimate authority, theft of state property, and violent trespassing and disorderly behavior for the sake of the Capitol.
On Monday night, Johnson's lawyers David Bigney and Dan Eckhart were grilled by CNN Host Chris Cuomo on Cuomo Prime TIme and they defended their customers with the words: "You always can't judge a book by its cover."
When Cuomo asked Eckhart why Johnson deserves his defense, he replied, "You have the photos and a lot of the stuff on social media where you demonize Mr. Johnson. It really is a misrepresentation."
Adam Johnson, 36, who was photographed smiling and walking at the $ 1,000 lectern by Nancy Pelosi during Wednesday's riot, was released on Monday on bail of $ 25,000. Johnson was wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts, flip flops and his ankle GPS tracker and was carrying a plastic bag when he arrived at his home in Parrish, Florida
Home, Sweet Home: As he walked embarrassed from the car to his $ 500,000 home in Parrish, Florida, a woman opened the door for him and Johnson got emotional when he saw her. After the attorneys left, Johnson refused to come to the front door.
Johnson, pictured above in a Trump hat, smiles and waves to the cameras as he emerges from the Capitol building with Nancy Pelosi's $ 1,000 lectern during Wednesday's riot
& # 39; He is a family man. His wife is a doctor. He has five children. There is nothing in his background or past that would attribute any type of violence or this type of rebellious behavior to him. It's an anomaly, an unusual situation for him, ”he added.
Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and, according to his records, was held in Pinellas County Jail until his release on Monday
Cuomo then challenged, “So he's not part of an extremist group? Wasn't he part of an organized effort to get to the Capitol? "
"No, he definitely wasn't. He was there to experience a bit of history, and that's the extent of it," said Bigney.
"He wasn't involved in any coup. He wasn't involved in any planning to enter the Capitol. Things got out of hand. You saw the pictures. He wasn't there for any destruction, any betrayal. He was just there for history Bigney added.
Cuomo noted how strange it was for Eckhart and Bigney, both high-flying attorneys, to defend Johnson on his case.
Bigney said, "He has his constitutional right, we are here to defend him."
He argued that the administration likely did not see Johnson as a threat as he was allowed to be released from prison on Monday.
“It's not because he poses a threat to the country, it's not because he poses a flight risk. If the government really believed he was part of a coup, he'd probably be jailed immediately, ”Bigney said.
Emotional return home: Exclusive photos show Johnson returning home in a Porsche SUV with his two lawyers Daniel Eckhart and David Bigney on Monday around 5 p.m.
A view of Johnson's $ 500,000 home in Parrish, Florida
Johnson is a psychologist and furniture maker. He is married to a doctor and currently has a home father who is originally from Bradenton, Florida
Johnson has yet to appeal the charges filed in Washington
Johnson was arrested on Friday under federal warrant and was sent to Pinellas County Prison in Florida for, among other things, theft of government property
Under the terms of his release, Johnson will be forced to wear a GPS tracker on his ankle, be on curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., hand in his passport and firearms, and not be allowed to travel outside of central Florida
When asked if they were concerned about the future of Johnson's case, attorneys said they were confident they could defend Johnson.
"Well, we're not worried because Chris, as you know, this is the beginning. We just got him out today. There's more to this story and you'll be one of the first to know how the case works developed, ”said Eckhart.
Johnson has not yet filed an appeal against the charges filed in Washington.
The lectern he was carrying was later found on Jan. 7 by a Senate employee in the red corridor of the Senate Wing in front of the Capitol rotunda. It's worth more than $ 1,000, according to the curator of the House of Representatives.
Under the terms of his release, Johnson will be forced to wear a GPS tracker on his ankle, maintain a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., surrender his passport and firearms, and not be allowed to travel outside of central Florida.
Speaking to reporters after his release, Johnson's attorneys said the photo of him walking out of the Capitol with Pelosi's lectern smiling and waving cameras is a challenge for them.
"I don't know how else to explain it, but yes, that would be a problem," said Eckhart.
"I'm not a wizard … so we have a photo of our client who appears to be in the state-owned federal building," he added, according to WFLA.
Later that night, Eckhart spoke to CNN about the magician's comment: "I made a mistake in the first questioning where … I said something about the effect," I'm not a magician, which means we have this evidence can't make it disappear. ". "& # 39;
& # 39; This is a serious case. Everyone involved in the storming of the Capitol last week must be held accountable for their actions, including Mr Johnson, U.S. assistant attorney Patrick Scruggs said at the hearing on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"He was there to experience a bit of history, and that's the extent," says one of the lawyers representing the man infamous with the speaker's lectern. "He wasn't involved in a coup when it came to entering the Capitol. Things got out of hand." pic.twitter.com/TtiotaYdHY
– Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 12, 2021
On Monday night, Johnson's lawyers David Bigney and Dan Eckhart were grilled by CNN presenter Chris Cuomo and they defended their client by saying, "You always can't judge a book by its cover." Bigney said Johnson was in DC for "a little history, and that's the extent of it."
Speaking to reporters after his release, Johnson's lawyers said the photo of him holding Pelosi's lectern was a challenge for them. "I'm not a magician … so we have a photo of our client who appears to be in the state-owned federal building," said attorney Daniel Eckhart (left).
The exclusive photos from DailyMail.com show Johnson returning home in a Porsche SUV with his two lawyers Daniel Eckhart and David Bigney on Monday around 5 p.m.
Johnson was clean-shaven and had shoulder-length hair. He wore a white T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops as if he had just spent a day on the nearby beach.
However, he had a GPS tracker on his left ankle, a condition for his release pending a trial in Washington, DC on January 19, the day before Joe Biden's inauguration.
Johnson carried a manilla envelope in one hand and a plastic bag containing some items he had taken to the Pinellas County Jail near Tampa.
As he walked embarrassed from the car to his $ 500,000 home in Parrish, Florida, a woman opened the door for him, and Johnson got emotional when he saw her.
After the attorneys left, Johnson refused to come to the front door.
Johnson is a psychology graduate who turned into a furniture maker. He is currently a home-based father originally from Bradenton, Florida. His wife is a doctor, according to The Bradenton Herald.
Johnson reportedly traveled to Washington DC from Parrish, in Manatee County, Fla., On Wednesday to attend the Stop the Steal rally designed to prevent Congress from confirming the presidential election results. Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him next to a sign that reads "Closed for all tours" in the Capitol
He shared these snaps on Facebook and showed himself and other Trump supporters traveling to Washington DC to protest the joint session of Congress to protest the election
Johnson shared this picture of himself in a mob near the Capitol on his since-deleted Facebook page
He was previously faced with marijuana possession and parole violation, the newspaper reports.
Johnson reportedly traveled to Washington DC from Parrish, in Manatee County, Fla., On Wednesday to attend the Stop the Steal rally designed to prevent Congress from confirming the presidential election results.
He documented the trip on Facebook and shared photos at the airport and in part of the DC crowds. Photos on his now deleted social media accounts show him next to a sign that reads "Closed for all tours" in the Capitol.
On his Facebook, he has also belittled law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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