A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday confirmed that a laptop was stolen from a conference room belonging to her office.
“A laptop from a conference room was stolen. It was a laptop that was only used for presentations,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill wrote in a statement.
It came after an aide confirmed that the device was stolen inside the U.S. in the midst of chaos. Last Wednesday, after demonstrations turned chaotic and the building was invaded, the Capitol sent politicians slipping away from the Senate and House floors.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote on Twitter that a laptop was taken from his office during the incident.
Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington D.C., said that it will likely take “several days to flesh out exactly what happened, what was stolen, what wasn’t,” according to Politico. He noted that “items, electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices, documents and materials were stolen, and we have to identify what was done to mitigate that [damage].”
“We have to do a full review of what was taken, or copied, or even left behind in terms of bugs and listening devices, etc.,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) in a comment to Politico.
The House Chief Administrative Office stated that “at this time, there have been no indications that the House network was compromised” and said the office issued commands to lock laptops and computers, and shut down wired network access.
Trump was blamed by Republican and Democratic members of Congress for inciting violence and chaos that left four people dead, including a U.S. Veteran in the Air Force, as well as a U.S. Policeman of the Capitol.
Trump made a speech and repeated allegations of election fraud and irregularities before the protesters breached the Capitol, although he did not call on the protesters to breach the Capitol or commit acts of violence.
Last week, Trump said: “A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20 … My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
Hours later, before he was banned by Twitter, Trump wrote that his 75 million supporters “will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form,” describing them as “patriots.”