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Denver Riggleman’s interview with 60 Minutes is a rare hiatus in the carefully staged presentation the Jan. 6 committee has given Americans over the past few months about what happened during the insurgency on Capitol Hill.

A former Republican congressman who was ousted by a more conservative opponent in 2020 and now considers himself an independent, Riggleman acted as the committee’s technical adviser, reviewing evidence such as text messages and emails obtained from people suspected of have knowledge of the attack. His interview provided a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation, most of the details of which come from comments by lawmakers or the public hearings themselves.

Perhaps his most startling admission is his belief that the text messages then White House chief of staff mark the meadows voluntarily dismissed the committee was tantamount to a “road map for an attempted coup”. But Riggleman shared other disturbing details in the interview, such as a White House number calling one of the rioters who had stormed the Capitol when it was happening.

Then there were the text messages Meadows received containing an array of far-right conspiracy theories from Ginny Thomaswife of a right-wing Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas.

“What really shook me was the fact that if Clarence agreed with his wife’s efforts or was even aware of his wife’s efforts, all three branches of government would be bound to stop the flight motion,” Riggleman told 60 Minutes.

Ginni Thomas’ involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results has been well-documented in recent months, leading to calls for the Jan. 6 committee to compel her to testify — efforts that Riggleman said he argued. Last week, an agreement was reached for Thomas to speak to investigators.

Key events

Mark Meadows was exchanging texts with many strange characters in the last months of 2020. One of them was Phil Waldron, an election conspiracy theorist who texted the White House Chief of Staff about an effort to root out alleged voter fraud in Arizona.

CNN reports that the news brought by Waldron was that a state judge had dismissed the lawsuit of GOP lawmakers allied with donald trump turn over voting materials so that they can be inspected for suspected voter fraud. Waldron, an associate of Michael FlynnTrump’s former White House national security adviser, recently known for his Christian nationalist rhetoric, said the decision means Trump’s opponents could delay his allies’ efforts to get to voting machines and prove the alleged fraud.

Meadows responded with one word: “Pathetic.”

CNN’s report delves into Waldron’s activities in the Trump administration’s final weeks and months, where he continued his efforts to try to prove the 2020 election was stolen, without success.

The commission of January 6 obviously did not take the weekend before its hearing on Wednesday. Politico reports that investigators have subpoenaed Robin Vos, Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

They want to know about a phone call he had in July with donald trump and give him a short time to talk to them – today. Vos is suing to stop the subpoena, according to Politico:

Vos is suing to block the subpoena, saying the subpoena didn’t give him enough notice and exceeds the authority of the select committee. He is seeking an injunction from a federal judge.https://t.co/ZQD9X84SK4

— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 26, 2022

Vos’ lawsuit drew Judge Pamela Pepper, who delivered a searing decision against one of several lawsuits seeking to overturn the 2020 election. https://t.co/hK9XMTEztb

— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 26, 2022

As picky as Riggleman’s interview was, members of the January 6 committee also went out of their way to downplay it, saying he stopped working with them months ago and was not aware of what the investigation had discovered since then.

“He doesn’t know what happened after April and a lot happened in our investigation,” Democratic committee member Zoe Lofgren told CNN. “Anything he may have passed on before he left has been tracked and in some cases hasn’t really gone away (sic), or there could have been a decision suggesting that there is had a link between a number and an email and a person that turned out not to be successful, so we’re following everything, and, you know, I don’t really know what Mr. Riggleman is doing.

It should also be noted that the Riggleman released a book tomorrow called “The Breach: The Untold Story of the Investigation into January 6th”.

CNN has more details on the call from a White House number to the phone of one of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6.

The nine-second phone call went to the phone of Anton Lunika Brooklyn resident who had traveled to the city to donald trump-Organized rally that preceded the attack, reports CNN. Lunyk, along with two friends who traveled with him from New York, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully protesting inside the Capitol, and earlier this month he was sentenced to a few months of fines and probation.

Who was on the other end of the call remains a mystery. CNN was unable to identify which White House official might have placed it, only that it took place at 4:17 p.m., shortly after Trump tweeted to rioters to “go home.”

Denver Riggleman’s interview with 60 Minutes is a rare hiatus in the carefully staged presentation the Jan. 6 committee has given Americans over the past few months about what happened during the insurgency on Capitol Hill.

A former Republican congressman who was ousted by a more conservative opponent in 2020 and now considers himself an independent, Riggleman acted as the committee’s technical adviser, reviewing evidence such as text messages and emails obtained from people suspected of have knowledge of the attack. His interview provided a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation, most of the details of which come from comments by lawmakers or the public hearings themselves.

Perhaps his most startling admission is his belief that the text messages then White House chief of staff mark the meadows voluntarily dismissed the committee was tantamount to a “road map for an attempted coup”. But Riggleman shared other disturbing details in the interview, such as a White House number calling one of the rioters who had stormed the Capitol when it was happening.

Then there were the text messages Meadows received containing an array of far-right conspiracy theories from Ginny Thomaswife of a right-wing Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas.

“What really shook me was the fact that if Clarence agreed with his wife’s efforts or was even aware of his wife’s efforts, all three branches of government would be bound to stop the flight motion,” Riggleman told 60 Minutes.

Ginni Thomas’ involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results has been well-documented in recent months, leading to calls for the Jan. 6 committee to compel her to testify — efforts that Riggleman said he argued. Last week, an agreement was reached for Thomas to speak to investigators.

Former January 6 committee official sees evidence of ‘coup attempt’

Hello, readers of the American political blog. There was a rare look into the January 6 committee’s investigative process last night when a former staffer spoke to the CBS program 60 Minutes, and this Denver Riggleman had to say will do little to soothe the nerves of those who fear for American democracy. Among his revelations, Riggleman said that text messages from mark the meadows, donald trumpchief of staff at the time of the insurrection, amounted to a “roadmap for an attempted coup”. Expect to hear more about Riggleman’s interview today ahead of the committee’s first public hearing on January 6 in more than two months on Wednesday.

Here’s what else we can expect today:

  • Republicans still have a good chance of winning a majority in the House of Representatives, but CBS News thinks it won’t be very significant.

  • Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp will hold a re-election rally in Alpharetta at 3 p.m. ET, where he will be joined by his fellow GOP governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia.

  • Joe Biden is in Delaware but will return to the White House this morning to greet the 2021 World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves, and then chair the third meeting of the White House Competition Council in the afternoon.



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