The US Capitol Lego set that federal authorities claimed to have recovered from an alleged rioter “fully constructed” was actually not assembled at all, according to new court papers.
An assistant US attorney in DC clarified in a letter filed on Friday that all 1,000-plus pieces of the plastic model seized from Robert Morss were still loose in the box.
“Please note that after a review of the photographs from the search, there appears to have been a miscommunication and that statement appears to be inaccurate,” prosecutors wrote.
“The Lego set was in a box and not fully constructed at the time of the search, as pictured below,” they added.
Morss, who is being held behind bars pending a bail hearing, was hit with a number of charges for his role in the riot, including assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, civil disorder, robbery of US property and obstruction.
He allegedly led rioters in “one of the most intense and prolonged clashes” at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — at one point ripping a riot shield away from a Metropolitan Police Officer as he and other Donald Trump supporters tried to storm the building, prosecutors charged.
In addition to the Lego set, investigators also seized a notebook from the Pennsylvania man with notes about how to create “hometown militia.”
The notebook included a to-do list that included notes such as, “Ambush” and “Battle Drills,” according to court papers.
Morss is one of more than 500 people who have been charged by the feds since the Jan. 6 uprising, which led to the deaths of five people.
Throngs of Trump supporters stormed the building that day in an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, which Joe Biden won.