Man accused of stealing documents from McConnell's office during Capitol riot now facing charges

Man accused of stealing documents from McConnell's office during Capitol riot now facing charges
Supporters of Donald Trump near the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, Tyler Merbler
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A California man accused of stealing documents from then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) desk is now facing charges for his actions.

According to ABC News, federal court documents include footage of a man identified as Tommy Allan, of Rocklin, CA, who could be heard admitting that he stole documentation from the Republican lawmaker's desk inside the Senate chamber. In addition to the verbal confession, another video filmed inside the chamber has been made public by The New Yorker. It also features Allan putting the document into his back left pants pocket.

An additional Facebook video, which captures Allan outside of the Capitol with "multiple documents in his hand," has also surfaced. According to the affidavit, one of the documents included the Senate's official business calendar and another document Allan showed another individual was a "letter from Trump' and was 'signed by Trump.'"

When asked why he took the documents, Allan reportedly said because he is a "taxpayer." The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also has reason to believe Allan initially attempted to steal an American flag from inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office but the item was confiscated before he exited the federal building.

The FBI's arrest of Allan came after the bureau received tips about several of his Facebook posts that showed the angry mob breaking windows and vandalizing property at the Capitol. He also shared a "disturbing post that said the next step of the Insurrection was to get rid of Justice [John] Roberts."

Allan is now facing three misdemeanor charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol property. He was released from jail on Friday, Jan. 22, after making an appearance before a federal judge.

He is one of more than 100 individuals who have been arrested in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot that took place on Jan. 6.

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