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Jan. 6 panel is ‘aware of’ call between White House and rioter, Rep. Raskin says

Jan. 6 panel is ‘aware of’ call between White House and rioter, Rep. Raskin says

The House Jan. 6 committee is “aware of” the call between the White House switchboard and a rioter during the attack on the Capitol, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a committee member, said Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

Denver Riggleman, a former GOP lawmaker who served on the committee’s staff, alleged in a clip of an episode of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” airing later Sunday, that the switchboard connected to the phone of a rioter on Jan. 6, 2021.

Raskin said: “You know, I can’t say anything specific about that particular call, but we are aware of it. And we are aware of lots of contacts between the people in the White House and different people that were involved, obviously, in the coup attempt and the insurrection.”

The call is “one of thousands of details that obviously the committee is aware of,” he said. “And our job is to put everything into a comprehensive portrait and narrative timeline of what took place.”

Riggleman has said he knows only about “one end” of the call and not the “White House end.” It is still unclear which rioter he was referring to, who placed the call and whether that person was in a position of authority or where the call fits in the committee’s probe.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., another member of the panel, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the committee “has looked into” all the issues that Riggleman raised, without offering any further information.

In a statement to NBC News, a Jan. 6 committee spokesperson said Riggleman has “limited knowledge” of its investigation.

Riggleman, who was defeated in his campaign for re-election after one term in the House from Virginia in 2020, left his position with the committee in April, “prior to our hearings and much of our most important investigative work,” the spokesperson said. “Since his departure, the Committee has run down all the leads and digested and analyzed all the information that arose from his work.”

The panel’s final congressional report on former President Donald Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn the election will be “published by the end of the year,” the spokesperson added.

After it held its first round of public hearings this summer, the committee will hold its next hearing Wednesday, just over a month before the midterm elections.

While the news release announcing the hearing did not specify its focus or whether there will be any in-person witnesses, Raskin indicated on “Meet the Press” that the panel’s members will share more findings that they have uncovered since the last hearing in late July “to round out the factual narrative.”

“What we’re going to do on Wednesday is fill in those details that have come to the attention of the committee over the last five or six weeks,” he said.

After the committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said last week that he expects the hearing to be the last one unless more information emerges, its vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told reporters that she expects more hearings after this week.

Raskin agreed Sunday: “I’m hopeful, speaking just as one member, that we will have a hearing that lays out all of our legislative recommendations about how to prevent coups, insurrections, political violence and electoral sabotage in the future, because this is a clear and present danger that’s continuing up right to this day.”

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