Maryann Mooney-Rondon convicted in Nancy Pelosi laptop theft

Right: Marian Mooney-Rondon. Center: Rafael Rondon. (Images via FBI court filings.)

A woman whose hand was seen touching the laptop that was stolen from Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol has been convicted for her role in the riot and theft.

Maryann Mooney-Rondon, 56, of Watertown, New York, was found guilty Monday of obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting the theft of government property. The verdict came from US District Judge Jia Cobb following a stipulated trial, in which Mooney-Rondon and federal prosecutors agreed upon a specific set of facts regarding her actions on Jan. 6, the Justice Department announced in a press release.

According to the statement of stipulated facts, Mooney-Rondon drove with her son Rafael Rondon from Watertown — some 320 miles northwest of New York City — to the Washington, DC, area on Jan. 5, 2021, to attend Donald Trump’s so-called “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House on Jan. 6. At that event, Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell” against Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election. Mooney-Rondon joined that march and entered the building at around 2:23 pm, around 10 minutes after the building was initially breached by violent rioters who smashed windows and broke doors.

She and her son made their way to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite, where they apparently discussed stealing the laptop that they believed belonged to the top Democrat in the House at the time.

“It would be interesting to see what’s on that hard drive,” Mooney-Rondon apparently told an as-yet-unidentified man, according to court documents. She then provided that man with her gloves so that he could “retrieve the laptop computer without leaving fingerprint evidence on the device.”

The man then took the computer.

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