Trump Supporter's Defence Lawyer Says He's 'Not A Magician'
The lawyer for Trump supporter Adam Johnson has said he's 'not a magician' after being asked about the photograph of his client appearing to steal a podium in the US Capitol building being a 'problem' for his role as the suspect's defence attorney.
Johnson, 36, was photographed holding the lectern of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, carrying it through the Rotunda of the US Capital Building during the riots last week.
After being charged with entering restricted federal property, theft of government property and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, he was released on bond from the federal courthouse in Tampa, Florida, yesterday (11 January).
Appearing outside the courthouse, Johnson remained silent while his lawyers spoke to press.
In footage, Johnson's attorney Dan Eckhart tells reporters: "You have a photograph of our client in a building, unauthorised to be there, with what appears to be a podium or a lectern.
"I'm not exactly sure which one it is called, but that's what we have."
A reporter can then be heard saying to him: "Obviously, that's a problem for you as a defence attorney."
Eckhart responds: "Yes, I don't know how else to explain that.
"But yeah, that would be a problem. I'm not a magician."
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He continues: "So yeah, we've got a photograph of our client in what appears to be inside a federal building or inside the Capitol with government property."
At another point, Johnson's other attorney David Bigney told press there has been a lot of judgement based on that photograph which has led to death threats to Adam and his family.
He said: "What he'd like to do is just get home to his family.
"He'd like some privacy and to spend some quality time with them."
Prosecutors said the photo of Johnson helped investigators identify him, leading to his arrest on Friday night (8 January).
Local attorney Anita McNulty Parker, who is not affiliated with Johnson's case, told ABC that social media had played a 'huge role' in 'so many aspects of this'.
She said: "Over the course of the next few weeks, we're going to get a lot more information in terms of the evidence and additional photos and videos that I think will surface.
"And those are going to be important determinations in the case."
According to ABC, Johnson is due back in court in Washington, D.C., on 19 January - the day before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony.
The outlet also reports he left the Tampa courthouse wearing a GPS monitor on his ankle.
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