Trump’s White House switchboard was connected to Rioter’s phone during the Capitol riot, a former aide says Jan. 6

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In a bombshell exposé, former rep Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) said past president donald trump White House links to insurgency ‘need more investigation’

“You get a real ‘a-ha’ moment when you see the White House switchboard connect to a rioter’s phone as it’s happening,” Riggleman said in a clip released from an upcoming episode of “60 Minutes,” which is scheduled to air Sunday night.

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Riggleman served as a Republican congressman until 2021, serving as an adviser to the committee until January 6 April.

As a host Bill Whitaker When asked if the call from the White House could have been an accident, Riggleman replied, “When the White House was randomly calling numbers that someone dialed a rioter wrong that day, January 6th? Probably not.”

The former congressman also said he knows who the rioter is but doesn’t know who was on the phone at the White House.

Representatives of neither Trump nor the January 6 Committee have reportedly responded to requests for comment news week.

Bill Kristolformer chief of staff to former vice president Dan Quayleexpressed concern about such a call in a tweet: “I made many calls through the wonderful people at the White House switchboard during a previous Republican administration. I’m confident I never asked them to connect me with anyone attacking the US Capitol. But that was a different era and a different Republican party.”

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Riggleman was rebuked by the committee in June while discussing the committee’s findings in a CNN interview. Head of Human Resources of the House Committee David Buckley wrote in an internal email: “[Riggleman’s] The specific discussion of the content of the subpoena, our contracts, contractors and methods, and your hard work is unnerving.” He added that Riggleman’s television appearance was “directly at odds with his employment contract.”

Riggleman disagreed, saying he spoke to CNN after leaving the committee and is therefore no longer bound by such agreements.

The news from the White House phone line comes days ahead of the committee’s (possible) final hearing on Jan. 6, which is scheduled to air Sept. 28.

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