(CNN) — A man photographed lounging in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during riots Wednesday now says he was just looking for the bathroom.

Insurrection fueled by conspiracy groups, extremists and fringe movements

Richard "Bigo" Barnett sits inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on January 6, 2021.

Sixty-year-old Richard "Bigo" Barnett, who’s involved with a pro-gun rights group in northwest Arkansas, admitted to CNN affiliate KFSM he’s the person in the viral photo.

Barnett says he took an envelope off Pelosi’s desk and left her a quarter and a note.

“I set my flag down. I sat down there at my desk. I’m a taxpayer. I’m a patriot. That ain’t her desk. We loaned her that desk, and she ain’t appreciating the desk, so I thought I’d sit down and appreciate the desk. I threw my feet up on the desk,” he recalled.

In a separate interview after leaving the Capitol building Wednesday, Barnett spoke to a reporter about what happened inside.

"I didn't steal it. I bled on it. Because they were (expletive) macing me. And I couldn't (expletive) see. And so I figured, well, I'm in her office. I got blood in her office. I put a quarter on their desk, even though she isn't (expletive) worth it. And I left her a note on her desk. It says "Nancy big old (expletive)," he said at the time.

The FBI says Barnett could face federal charges.

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