Sen. Jeff Merkley Says Laptop Was Stolen From Capitol Office After Breach

Sen. Jeff Merkley Says Laptop Was Stolen From Capitol Office After Breach
A group of protesters enter the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said that the rioters who stormed the Capitol ransacked his office and stole a laptop.

Merkley posted a video of himself returning to his office after he was evacuated after the Capitol was breached Wednesday.

In a video posted on Twitter, Merkley said that rioters “smashed the door virtually off its hinges.”

Rioters “tore things off the walls,” including art on his wall, left a cigarette butt that was stamped out, and stole the laptop, Merkley added.

“So count this office is trashed. You can see the debris is all over the floor,” he said.

Merkley sits on the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Appropriations committees.

His office wasn’t the only one targeted by the mob. A man was seen behind the desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) said on Thursday he will fire Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Stenger when Democrats take control of the chamber later this month.

“If Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Stenger hasn’t vacated the position by then, I will fire him as soon as Democrats have a majority in the Senate,” Schumer told Politico in a statement on Thursday.

President Donald Trump, for his part, was banned from Instagram and Facebook until at least Jan. 20, or Inauguration Day. Twitter also said it was temporarily suspending his account.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: