The White House made a phone call to a rioter during the January 6, 2021 violence at the United States Capitol, a technical adviser coldly revealed in an excerpt published Friday from an upcoming “60 Minutes” interview.
“You get a real ‘a-ha’ moment when you see the White House switchboard hooked up to a rioter’s phone while it’s happening,” said Denver Riggleman, former senior technical adviser to the select committee. from the House on January 6, to CBS host Bill. Whitaker.
“It’s a big, really big ‘a-ha’ moment,” Riggleman added.
Riggleman, a former military intelligence officer and former GOP congressman from Virginia, said he made the discovery after assembling a team of analysts to dump more than 20 million rows of data, including emails, social media posts, phone records and text messages, to trace the connections before and on January 6.
Groups that appeared included “Trump Team, Trump Family, Rally Goers, Unaffiliated Defendants” charged by the Justice Department, “Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and others”, including “Lawmakers from the state, alternate voters, things like that,” Riggleman added.
“We were able to do things, I think, in a way that had never been done before with millions of rows of data and create a graph that shows how these groups actually mixed together,” he said. Explain.
As for communication through the White House switchboard, “I know of only one end of that call,” said Riggleman, who did not provide details. “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.
The information raises the worrying possibility that the storming of the Capitol last year to disrupt the certification of the presidential electoral vote may have been coordinated between someone in the White House and the rioters.
“From my perspective…being in counterterrorism, if the White House, even if it’s a short call and it’s a connected call, who actually makes that phone call?” Riggleman asked.
“Was it an accidental call?” Riggleman asked. “When the White House called numbers, did someone misdial a rioter that day, Jan. 6? Probably not.”
Riggleman, who quit working for the committee in April, said he aggressively pushed the panel to trace White House phone numbers.
A committee spokesperson told “60 Minutes” that the panel vigorously pursued various leads, including those stemming from Riggleman’s work.
The rep said Riggleman was unaware of much of the committee’s recent progress because he left “before our hearings and much of our most important investigative work.”
Since his departure, the committee “has gone through all the avenues and digested and analyzed all the information resulting from its work (…) and an in-depth report will be published by the end of the year”, added the carrier. speech, without giving details. .
Riggleman’s full interview will be featured on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.