After he was released from jail as he waits for his trial, Richard Barnett and his two lawyers joined Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly for a short interview on Greg Kelly Reports.
“This might be one of the most famous pictures from that situation on Capitol Hill on January 6th,” Kelly began as he showed a picture of Richard Barnett with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. “Looks like he might have been having a good time at that time, but ever since he’s been in a lot of trouble. He was identified through facial recognition technology and lots of folks knew who he was. He turned himself in to authorities on January 8th. He has now secured pre-trial release, but he’s facing a slew of charges.”
Some of the charges include obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly and disruptive conduct, aiding and abetting, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct.
“It’s fantastic. I’ve got to tell you, I reunited with my wife. I’m anxious to get home and see my daughter and my pets. And it was a tough row to hoe, but I made it through and I’m really excited to be out,” Barnett said when asked how he was feeling.
“Can I get your thoughts on—you’ve been in custody almost four months. There’s no evidence of you specifically hurting anybody or breaking anything,” Kelly said. “There are suspected murderers who have secured bail sooner than four months, and you’ve been in custody all this time.”
“It was tough watching those people go out. Not only did I not get violent, I even did what I could do to help officers at certain points,” Barnett replied.
Going back to the picture, Kelly said, “Some people noticed an instrument — a device of some kind on Mr. Barnett’s belt. Some say it’s a stun gun. I hear others say it’s a cane. What was it and what was Mr. Barnett’s intention with that?”
One of Barnett’s lawyers, Steven Metcalf explained that the said device was a “multi-use tool” that could be used as a walking stick, stun gun, or a flashlight.
“Mr. Barnett brought it for use primarily as a walking stick. There was a concern, admittedly, about Antifa protesters and possible violent acts,” Metcalf continued. “And because he just needed a walking stick for the next day, he went to the January 6th event with the stun gun portion of the device disabled. We stand by that comment. We have stood by that since the beginning. We will stand by that through the end. The evidence will support our statements and we hope to bring that out at trial.”
Further into the program, Kelly said as he expressed his sympathy, “I don’t think you should have been kept in custody. You may have made some mistakes that day, but I think it’s ridiculous that you were in custody for as long as you were. I’m glad to see you’re finally out. You’re going to go back to Arkansas now. What’s left? Is it true that your employer terminated you—fired you?”
“I’m an independent contractor, and I did have a contract with them. That contract has been terminated, but I also have another business that I’m very passionate about,” Barnett said before he repeated that he was “very excited” to go home and see his family and pets.
“Look, I’m an everyday guy, just like the rest of you,” he continued. “There’s been a lot said about me here. People who don’t even know me making accusations, but I’m excited to go home.”