When the FBI searched the home of Capitol rioter Andrew James Williams, they found a photograph of an unnamed Democratic lawmaker with a shooting target superimposed over her body.
In the photograph, the Democratic lawmaker "had a beret with a hammer and sickle symbol on her head," according to a sentencing memo filed Friday by federal prosecutors.
"During his pre-sentencing interview with law enforcement, Williams stated that this target was a 'secret Santa' gift from a co-worker," the memo states.
In addition to the shooting target, FBI agents found "a roll of 'Q' stickers" in Williams' home.
Williams, a firefighter from Sanford, Florida, pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside a Capitol building.
Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 30 days in jail.
"As a first responder, the defendant must have known that the rioting mob posed a great threat to the law enforcement officers heroically seeking to discharge their duties, not to mention the civilian occupants of the Capitol," prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo. "But seeing greatly outnumbered police officers and broken windows did not give him pause or cause the defendant to turn away from the riot. Instead, he celebrated his role in the attack on the Capitol while breezing by his fellow first responders."
Williams' attorney, Vincent A. Citro, also cited his client's life-saving work as a first responder in a sentencing memo, according to CBS News' Scott MacFarlane. Citro is arguing for leniency and a sentence of time served.
Williams reportedly is on unpaid leave from the Sanford Fire Department pending his sentencing and the results of an administrative investigation.
Fake Trump 'elector' boasted of playing '4D chess' days before Capitol riot — now she's been subpoenaed
On Friday, The Uprising newsletter reported that a former Trump campaign staffer who served as one of the fake "electors" tapped by loyalists to the former president to certify their nonexistent win in Pennsylvania, has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
"Lisa Vranicar Patton, who identifies herself as the Pennsylvania state events director for former President Trump’s 2020 campaign on Linkedin, is one of 14 people who received subpoenas on Friday due to their alleged involvement in a plan to send the electoral college 'false slates' of 'alternate electors' supporting Trump in seven key swing states that were actually won by President Joe Biden," reported Hunter Walker.
According to the report, Patton's social media pages show she had contact with members of Trump's inner circle in the weeks prior to the January 6 attack, including Eric Trump, former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and ex-New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik — the latter of whom was present for the so-called Trump "command center" at the Willard Hotel.
"Patton’s social media pages included posts that urged Trump supporters to 'hold the line' in the aftermath of Biden’s victory," said the report. "In one tweet, Patton tagged Trump and his campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis, who helped lead his efforts to challenge the election, alongside a picture of a chess board. Using the motto of the World Chess Federation and hashtags, Patton implied the defeated president’s team was playing '4D' chess and would ultimately emerge victorious. 'Good times ahead,' Patton wrote."
The plot to submit the fake electors has also attracted the attention of the Department of Justice, who are separately investigating the matter.
Conspiracy theory-spewing Trump supporter accused of breaking into community center to access voting machines
A Trump supporter who falsely claimed she was working for an “Election Integrity Commission” allegedly broke into a Michigan community center and tampered with a voting machine in January 2021.
Tera Jackson, 56, of Petoskey, is facing charges of common law fraud and aiding and abetting the unauthorized access of a computer,the Petoskey News-Review reports.
A warrant for Jackson's arrest was issued in March, and she was apprehended in October. However, the newspaper didn't report her arrest until Friday — more than a year after the incident — because reporters were unable to obtain information about the investigation from the Emmet County Sheriff's Department.
After being tipped off about Jackson's arrest by a third party last week, the newspaper obtained a charging affidavit by filing a public records request.
"The affidavit for Jackson’s case said she believed there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, and that she had been tasked with the assignment of retrieving the information stored on Cross Village Township’s machine. The sheriff’s department investigation determined that not to be the case," the newspaper reported. "Multiple conspiracy theories and inaccuracies spread following the 2020 presidential election, particularly online, and former President Donald Trump has continued to cast doubt on the validity of the results."
A Facebook page belonging to Jackson shows she was an ardent supporter of the former president and posted conspiracy theories related to the election.
According to the affidavit, Jackson had contacted a local computer technician, Allan Coveyou, and told him she was a member of the Election Integrity Commission, which does not exist. Jackson claimed she was working to retrieve data from voting machines across the state. She said the voting machine in Cross Village Township was the only one in the state from which data hadn't been retrieved, due to the lack of Internet service in the area. But she claimed that the data needed to be "cloned" quickly because it would soon be wiped clean.
Jackson asked Coveyou to meet with Cross Village Township Trustee Howard Wood to retrieved data from the machine.
Trustee Wood reportedly requested that Diane Keller, the township clerk for Cross Village, meet him at the community center on Jan. 14, 2021, so that he and Coveyou could access the machine. According to Keller, Wood did not tell her why he wanted her to meet him. Keller said Wood arrived with two other men who were wearing bulletproof vests, with one of them carrying a gun.
"She said Wood claimed they were there to do a 'forensic audit' of the election equipment, and asked to be let in to the storage room — at which point, they found the door had already been tampered with," the newspaper reported. "Diane Keller said her cellphone was out of battery, but that she encouraged the others to call the police. They said they would after they retrieved the data they needed, according to her."
According to the affidavit, Coveyou said even though the community center appeared to have been broken into, he proceeded to remove a computer from inside the voting machine.
"Mr. Coveyou said that when he looked at the computer, it contained a special USB connector which he did not have," the affidavit states. "Mr. Coveyou said the screw on the computer had been stripped. Given all this information, Mr. Coveyou said the police were called to investigate a possible break-in."
Jackson later told a sheriff’s investigator that “there was data on a satellite owned by Vatican City which would prove voter fraud had occurred in the United States.” Jackson added that “until this information could be obtained from a satellite, she needed to rely on information saved on voting machines." Jackson claimed she worked for a "Data Integrity Center," but she said the organization was so secretive that it would not confirm her employment.
The township is now faced with having to replace the voting machine at a cost of $3,000, which is a significant expense given its small budget.
Keller, the clerk, and her brother, Stephen Keller, who serves as township supervisor, said they just learned of Jackson's arrest this week.
“I mean, if it was just that someone, you know, kids broke in and messed with stuff in the (township) hall, people wouldn't be concerned,” Stephen Keller told the newspaper. “But people are concerned when it appears that someone was trying to tamper with election results, which I mean, that brings it up a whole level above people just messing around, and beyond just a simple breaking in.”
“I think it feels like there needs to be some push to further the investigation,” Stephen Keller added. “Because a year is a really long time for what looks like a pretty simple, simple case. But yeah, again, I'm not a cop. I'm not a policeman, so I don't you know.”
Sheriff Pete Wallin told the newspaper that "no further investigation was occurring," and he doesn't expect additional arrests.