A top aide to Nancy Pelosi will be on the witness stand next week in the trial of a Pennsylvania woman charged with storming the speaker’s Capitol suite on Jan. 6, 2021, and stealing a laptop, according to two sources familiar with the Justice Department’s plans.
Jamie Fleet will become the highest-ranking Capitol Hill aide to testify in the more than two dozen trials that have been held stemming from the attack.
It’s the first trial of a defendant — Riley Williams, 23, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. — charged with entering Pelosi’s office, where rioters ransacked drawers, equipment and stole items.
Fleet’s turn on the stand comes at a fraught political moment, just weeks after an assailant broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home and assaulted her husband. The attack renewed attention on the rising threats of violence toward members of Congress — and in particular, Pelosi, who was the target of many who breached the Capitol seeking to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020