(WASHINGTON) – The House special committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol will hire former Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., As an adviser to the panel, according to a source directly familiar with the announcement future.
The former congressman, who lost his primary last summer, has become one of the few voices within the Republican Party to criticize the spread of disinformation and conspiracy theories, including the idea that the The 2020 presidential election was stolen, leading to the Capitol Riot.
Riggleman, who also served as an Air Force intelligence officer, is expected to help the committee catalog and track the falsehoods that circulated online and on social media before thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump walked away. meet in Washington and descend on Capitol Hill in hopes of overturning the Election Results.
A spokesperson for the Jan.6 committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
ABC News reported earlier this month that according to sources familiar with the discussions, Riggleman may join the committee staff in an advisory capacity.
The committee held its first hearing last week with several police officers who clashed with pro-Trump rioters on Capitol Hill in January. With the House now on vacation until August, the panel is focusing on defining the contours of its investigation and building its staff.
Representative Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Said the panel would issue “a lot” of subpoenas and could potentially seek to interview and obtain documents from former Trump administration officials and Republican lawmakers who have communicated with Trump before and Jan.6.
Asked whether the committee would like to question former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, following the release of handwritten notes from former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue that appear to show Trump trying to lobby on the Justice Department to declare that there was a major fraud tainting the 2020 presidential election, Thompson said the committee had yet to determine who he wanted to hear.
“The president basically wanted to mobilize the entire US government apparatus to reinstall him as president,” Representative Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Another panel member, told reporters. “As a member, I am very interested in retracing the steps of what the president did to secure what he called his ‘stay in power’.”
Riggleman is said to be the third Republican linked to the panel, along with Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both of whom have called for Trump to be impeached and accepted the invitation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to join. to the inquiry into the efforts of GOP leaders to boycott him. after Pelosi refused to sit on two main Tory lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election.
In recent days, other Tory lawmakers have sought to kick Cheney and Kinzinger out of the House GOP conference and strip them of other committee duties over their committee work.
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