Richard Michetti: Capitol rioter's ex turned him in for calling her 'moron' for not believing 2020 was 'stolen'
Pennsylvania authorities revealed how a Delaware county man was charged after his ex-girlfriend went to the FBI with text messages and videos that he sent from inside the US Capitol on January 6.
Protester Richard Michetti allegedly told his ex she was a "moron" if she couldn't see that the 2020 election had been "stolen" by the Democrats. He also complained he and other protesters were tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed by the authorities, unlike how demonstrators were treated while protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in 2018, Law and Crime reported.
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Michetti's ex, who has only been identified as W1 in court documents, approached law enforcement on January 7 to reveal that her boyfriend had “sent several text messages and two videos” to her while participating in the Capitol riots. She turned over all evidence — including texts and videos — to the FBI.
Michetti and his ex appeared to be in disagreement over what the election meant and what he was willing to do about it. He texted his ex around 2 pm on the day of the siege. “It’s going down here we stormed the building they held us back with spray and teargas and paintballs,” he wrote.
“Gotta stop the vote it’s fraud this is our country,” he said three minutes later. “[M]y eyes are burnitin [sic],” he added. “[T]housands of people storming.”
Court documents revealed how he sent W1 two videos around 2:45 pm, one showing “rioters inside the Capitol Building," while the other "depicted a large interior room of the Capitol Building, where there were numerous protestors carrying various flags and walking around yelling.”
Two hours later, Michetti resumed texting his ex. “If you can’t see the election was stolen you’re a moron,” he told W1 at 4:26 pm. “This is our country do you think we live like kings because no one sacrificed anything?”
“[T]he vote was fraud and trump won but they won’t audit the votes,” he continued. “We are patriots we are not revolutionaries the other side is revolutionaries they want to destroy this country and they say it openly. When the left banged on the doors of congress when they congratulated Brett Kavanaugh no one got touched not one of them. We were outside and they were shooting tear gas and pepper spray.”
“They were shooting and throwing tear gas before we even were near the building,” he added. “It’s public property.”
At 6:04 pm, Michetti went at it once again. “I understand your point but what I’m saying is [W1’s name] the election was rigged and everyone knows it," he wrote in another text. "All’s we wanted was an investigation that’s it. And they couldn’t investigate the biggest presidential race in history with mail-in ballots who everyone knows is easy to fraud.” “This is tyranny they say there and told us ‘we rigged the election and there’s nuthin you can do about it’ what do you think should be done?” he added.
Michetti was positively identified by W1 In photos and footage obtained by the FBI. Additionally, the agency obtained a copy of a receipt from the hotel the protester was staying at, located just one block from the Capitol building. That said, he is now facing four counts, including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, corruptly obstructing Congress, and acting as a principal in the commission of an offense.