Denver Riggleman, a former Republican Virginia congressman and Air Force intelligence officer, is joining the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack as a senior technical adviser. Riggleman becomes the third Republican that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has named to the committee.
Riggleman is a former member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus and was first elected in 2018. Despite having the backing of former president Donald Trump, Riggleman was primaried in Virginia’s 5th District. His crime against the GOP base: he officiated a same-sex wedding. Riggleman has become an outspoken critic of the twice-impeached, one-term former president.
“I have to say, doing this might be one of the biggest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Riggleman said in a video posted to Twitter Friday night touting his intelligence and data analytics experience.
“We can’t worry about the color of the jerseys anymore, or whether we have an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ next to our name. It’s time for us to look in a fact-based way at what happened on January 6,” Riggleman continued in the video, “to see if we can prevent this from ever happening again in the future.”
GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (Utah) and Adam Kinzinger (Ohio) are the only Republican lawmakers serving on the committee, which held its first hearing late last month. But as a former member, Riggleman brings a high profile, and his national security background will add additional legitimacy to the investigation.
CNN previously reported that Cheney had been pushing behind the scenes for Pelosi to hire a Republican as an outside adviser or staffer to the committee.
It’s time. Thank you to the committee for your confidence. It’s an honor to serve alongside those who represent the best of America. We will see this mission through. #Jan6Committee pic.twitter.com/zPzXYNu2wS
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) August 7, 2021