The White House switchboard called a rioter from the Capitol on January 6

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) said in a preview of an interview to air Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he learned during his time as technical adviser to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol Riot of January 6, 2021 that someone inside the White House called a rioter during the attack.

CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker asked, “Did it strike you at any point that it’s way bigger than it first appeared?”

Riggleman said, “Absolutely. You get a real a-ha moment when you see the White House switchboard hooked up to a rioter’s phone while this is happening. It’s a really big a-ha moment.

Whitaker interrupted him, “Wait a minute. Someone in the White House was calling one of the rioters as the riot unfolded on January 6?

Riggleman said, “Absolutely.

Whitaker asked, “And you know who was on both ends of that call?”

Riggleman said, “I only know one end to this call. I don’t know the end of the White House, which I believe is more important. But the point is, the American people need to know that there are connections that need to be explored further.

He continued, “From my perspective, being in counterterrorism, if the White House, even if it’s a short call and it’s a connected call, who is actually making that phone call?

Riggleman added, “Was that an accidental call? When the White House just called numbers someone just mistakenly dialed with a rioter that day, Jan. 6? Probably not.”

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