Florida rioter who stole Nancy Pelosi's lectern is released from jail after posting $25K bail


The MAGA rioter who stole Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during violent protests at the Capitol last week was released on $25,000 bail on Monday. 

Florida father-of-five Adam Christian Johnson, 36, who was photographed at Wednesday’s chaotic riot walking out of the Capitol carrying Pelosi’s lectern, was released from jail around 1pm with a monitoring anklet.

He had been arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was booked into jail in Pinellas County. He faces three counts of entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, theft of government property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

Johnson has not yet entered a plea to the charges, which were filed in Washington. 

The pulpit was found on January 7 by a member of the Senate staff in the Red corridor of the Senate wing off the Rotunda in the Capitol building. It is worth more than $1,000, according to the House of Representatives’ curator. 

Under the conditions of his release, Johnson is forced to wear a GPS tracker on his ankle, must abide by a 9pm to 6am curfew, surrender his passport and firearms, and is restricted from traveling outside Central Florida.

Adam Johnson, 36, who was photographed smiling and walking with Nancy Pelosi's $1,000 lectern during Wednesday's Capitol riot was released from jail on $25,000 bail Monday

Adam Johnson, 36, who was photographed smiling and walking with Nancy Pelosi’s $1,000 lectern during Wednesday’s Capitol riot was released from jail on $25,000 bail Monday 

He had been arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was booked into jail in Pinellas County

He faces three counts of entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, theft of government property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

He had been arrested Friday night on a federal warrant and was booked into jail in Pinellas County. He faces three counts of entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, theft of government property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Speaking to reporters after his release Johnson¿s lawyers said that the photo of him with Pelosi¿s lectern is a challenge for them. 'I¿m not a magician¿so yeah we¿ve got a photograph of our client who appears to be inside the federal building with government property,'  lawyer Daniel Eckart said

Speaking to reporters after his release Johnson’s lawyers said that the photo of him with Pelosi’s lectern is a challenge for them. ‘I’m not a magician…so yeah we’ve got a photograph of our client who appears to be inside the federal building with government property,’  lawyer Daniel Eckart said

Johnson pictured above in a Trump hat smiling and waving to cameras as he walks out of the Capitol building carrying Nancy Pelosi's $1,000 lecturn during Wednesday's riot

Johnson pictured above in a Trump hat smiling and waving to cameras as he walks out of the Capitol building carrying Nancy Pelosi’s $1,000 lecturn during Wednesday’s riot

Speaking to reporters after his release Johnson’s lawyers said that the photo of him walking out of the Capitol building smiling and waving to cameras with Pelosi’s lectern is a challenge for them.

‘I don’t know how else to explain that, but yeah that would be a problem,’ his lawyer Daniel Eckart said.

Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and was held in  Pinellas County Jail until his Monday release according to arrest records

Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and was held in  Pinellas County Jail until his Monday release according to arrest records

‘I’m not a magician…so yeah we’ve got a photograph of our client who appears to be inside the federal building with government property,’ he added according to WFLA.

‘This is a serious case. Everyone involved in the storming of the Capitol last week needs to be held accountable for their actions, including Mr. Johnson,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Scruggs said at the Monday hearing, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

The Daily Mail’s exclusive photos show Johnson returning home about 5pm Monday in a Porsche SUV with his two lawyers, Daniel Eckart and David Bigney.

Clean shaven and sporting shoulder-length hair, Johnson wore a white T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops as if he’d just spent a day at the nearby beach.

He did, however, sport a GPS tracker on his left ankle, a condition for his release until a court hearing in Washington, DC, on January 19, on the day before the Joe Biden inauguration.

Emotional return home: Exclusive photos show Johnson returning home about 5pm Monday in a Porsche SUV with his two lawyers, Daniel Eckart and David Bigney

Emotional return home: Exclusive photos show Johnson returning home about 5pm Monday in a Porsche SUV with his two lawyers, Daniel Eckart and David Bigney

Johnson wore a white T-shirt, dark shorts, flip flops and his ankle GPS tracker and carried a plastic bag as he arrived to his Parrish, Florida home

Johnson wore a white T-shirt, dark shorts, flip flops and his ankle GPS tracker and carried a plastic bag as he arrived to his Parrish, Florida home

As he walked sheepishly from the car to his $500,000-house in Parrish, Florida, a woman inside opened the door for him and Johnson became emotional when he saw her

After the lawyers left, Johnson refused to come to the front door

Home sweet home: As he walked sheepishly from the car to his $500,000-house in Parrish, Florida, a woman inside opened the door for him and Johnson became emotional when he saw her. After the lawyers left, Johnson refused to come to the front door.

Johnson is a psychology graduate turned furniture maker. He is married to a doctor and is currently a stay-at-home dad originally from Bradenton, Florida

Johnson is a psychology graduate turned furniture maker. He is married to a doctor and is currently a stay-at-home dad originally from Bradenton, Florida

A view of Johnson's $500,000 Parrish, Florida home above

A view of Johnson’s $500,000 Parrish, Florida home above

Johnson carried a manilla envelope in one hand and a plastic bag with some of the belongings he took to the Pinellas County jail near Tampa.  

As he walked sheepishly from the car to his $500,000-house in Parrish, Florida, a woman inside opened the door for him and Johnson became emotional when he saw her.

After the lawyers left, Johnson refused to come to the front door. 

Johnson is a psychology graduate turned furniture maker who is currently a stay-at-home dad originally from Bradenton, Florida. His wife is a doctor, according to The Bradenton Herald. 

Johnson is said to have traveled from Parrish in Manatee County, Florida to Washington DC on Wednesday to join the Stop the Steal rally seeking to block Congress from certifying the presidential election results. Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading 'closed to all tours' inside the Capitol building

Johnson is said to have traveled from Parrish in Manatee County, Florida to Washington DC on Wednesday to join the Stop the Steal rally seeking to block Congress from certifying the presidential election results. Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the Capitol building

He shared these snaps on Facebook showing himself and other Trump supporters traveling to Washington DC to protest Congress' joint session to protest the election

He shared these snaps on Facebook showing himself and other Trump supporters traveling to Washington DC to protest Congress’ joint session to protest the election  

Johnson shared this image of himself in a mob near the Capitol on his since-deleted Facebook page

Johnson shared this image of himself in a mob near the Capitol on his since-deleted Facebook page

He has previously faced possession of marijuana and violation of probation charges, the paper reports. 

Johnson is said to have traveled from Parrish in Manatee County, Florida to Washington DC on Wednesday to join the Stop the Steal rally seeking to block Congress from certifying the presidential election results. 

He documented the trip on Facebook, sharing photos at the airport and part of the DC crowds. Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the Capitol building.

On his Facebook he also disparaged law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement. 



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