Jan. 6 committee staff director throws fit over CNN interview

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “insurrectionist” witch hunt targeting former President Donald Trump, otherwise known as the Jan. 6 House Select Committee, seems to have experienced a bit of internal strife over the past week due to the actions of one of the committee’s ex-advisers.

According to the Washington Examiner, the former adviser, Virginia GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman, recently conducted an interview with CNN — an interview that leaders of the Jan. 6 panel say was unauthorized and a violation of the employment agreement signed by the committee members. 

According to that agreement, staff director of the panel David Buckley said, all media interviews regarding the workings of the Jan. 6 committee must be approved by him.

Riggleman’s CNN interview, clearly, was not approved.

Buckley throws a fit

The staff director of the Jan. 6 panel, who appears to take his limited leadership role quite seriously, sent a memo to the rest of the group essentially warning them not to make the same mistake as the former GOP adviser.

“I want you to know that I am deeply disappointed in his decision to discuss the Select Committee’s work on television,” Buckley said.

He added: “His specific discussion about the content of subpoenaed records, our contracts, contractors and methodologies, and your hard work is unnerving.”

“That includes any conversation with Denver,” the staff director continued. “Your commitment extends beyond your employment by the House as outlined in our handbook.”

What’s the issue?

As the Jan. 6 committee’s former technical adviser, Riggleman has appeared on CNN a number of times for interviews, but his most recent outlined how the committee processed various text messages from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

In a nutshell, Riggleman corroborated the authenticity of the text messages, which made headlines in April, but noted during the interview that it could take several years before the committee is able to get to a point where the investigation hamstrings the former president.

While this particular dust-up will fade from the headlines soon enough, the Jan. 6 panel will soon be at the top of the newswires once again as it holds its first public hearings starting next week.

Only time will tell if they manage to effectively use the committee as a political tool ahead of the November midterms, but Americans clearly have a lot of other issues on their minds, which take much higher priority than something that happened 18 months ago.


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