NEWS & ANALYSIS

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Reckless Gestapo-Like Search Shines Light on Today's FBI


The FBI raided an Alaska woman’s home and place of work last week in search of Nancy Pelosi’s stolen laptop. However, the woman says it was a case of mistaken identity. 

If you aren’t familiar with the story, Pelosi’s laptop – which  was used “only for presentations” – disappeared from her office during the Capitol riot on January 6. Back in January, a woman was arrested in connection with the laptop, though it has yet to be recovered. 

Marilyn Hueper, owner of Homer Inn & Spa in Homer, Alaska, said federal agents broke down the doors of her home – which doubles as a bed and breakfast – confiscating laptop computers and cell phones. 

What’s worse, they proceeded to handcuff her, her husband and their guests during the raid. 

Hueper said the FBI conducted the search along with a Capitol police officer, and that the agents “forensically audited” her husband’s cell phone. She added that agents claimed no one answered their knocks on the door, but the search party never knocked. 

“I think almost right off the bat, they said, ‘Well you probably know why we’re here,’ or something like that. It’s like, yeah, no, not really. And they said, ‘Well we’re here for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.’ And I said, ‘Oh,’” Hueper told a local radio station, per the Daily Wire.

The agents then showed her a photo of a woman who participated in the riot that may be in possession of Pelosi’s laptop. Hueper said the woman looked “remarkably” similar to her, but she told the agents that while she was present at the rally outside the Capitol building, she never went inside. 

“I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. Is that her? That’s clearly not me. Why did you not show me this to start with?’” Hueper said. 

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful and laughing, but this is really surreal and strange,” she said she told the agents. “I still think it’s funny that they want to take me as someone who was actually there, instead of lost, eating hot dogs at the other end of the Mall.” 

Hueper said it was comforting knowing that Pelosi’s laptop is really missing and that the search was not a “conspiracy theory.” 

“I said, ‘Oh, so it was stolen and it’s at large, good to know. I thought maybe it was just conspiracy theory, so thanks for the intel,’” she said.