WASHINGTON – The House panel investigating the Capitol uprising will hear the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a top White House aide to Donald Trump, today – Tuesday, June 28 – a key witness in the wider investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack . A person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.
Hutchinson, a special assistant and aide to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has already provided a slew of information to the committee and its investigators and has sat behind closed doors for several interviews.
In brief excerpts of testimony revealed in court filings, Hutchinson told the committee that she was in the room for White House meetings, where the challenges of the election, including those of Republican lawmakers, were debated and discussed.
The House panel did not explain why it abruptly scheduled Tuesday’s hearing as lawmakers were away from Washington on a two-week recess. The committee had last week said that there would be no further hearing till July.
The hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern), will be broadcast by all major television networks and most cable news networks. NPR radio stations — including KPCC-FM (89.3) and KCRW-FM (89.9) in Southern California — will hold the hearing.
There will also be live streams from the network and other sources, including this one from PBS:
Hutchinson had previously told the committee that Meadows had been advised of intelligence reports showing the potential for violence on January 6, and that several Republican lawmakers who had been involved in attempts to disprove electoral tally or submit “fake voters” had called for potential Apologies for avoiding. criminal charges.
Hutchinson also told the committee that the White House counsel’s office told Meadows and others working on Trump’s efforts to reverse the 2020 election as part of the president’s desperate attempt to cling to power with voters. The plan to use the fake slate was “not legally sound,” according to court documents.
He also detailed how Jeffrey Clark — a top Justice Department official who supported Trump’s false claims of election fraud and whom the president is considering nominating as attorney general — made a “frequent presence” at the White House. ” Were. The plot to remove then-acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, was uncovered during a meeting in the Oval Office on January 3, 2021, when other senior Justice Department officials warned Trump if he followed through with his plan to replace Rosen. If they do, they will resign. with Clark.
The exact subject of Tuesday’s hearing remained unclear, but the panel’s announcement on Monday said it would “present recently obtained evidence and obtain witness testimony.” A spokesman for the panel declined to elaborate and Hutchinson’s lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A person familiar with the committee’s plans to call Hutchinson could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The committee’s investigation continues during a hearing that began three weeks ago and a nine-member panel continues to investigate the attack on Trump supporters. In addition to other investigative evidence, the committee recently obtained new footage of Trump and his inner circle from British filmmaker Alex Holder before and after January 6.
Holder said last week that he had complied with a subpoena to Congress to turn over all footage shot in the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, including a special one with Trump, his children and then-Vice President Mike Pence. Interviews included. The footage includes material from before and after the rebellion.
Representative Benny Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel, told reporters last week that the committee was in possession of the footage and needed more time to go through the hours of video.
The panel has held five hearings so far, most of which are pushing Trump’s campaign on various institutions of power leading up to a January 6 joint session of Congress, when hundreds of Republican supporters violently pushed past police, into the building. broke and obstructed the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The committee has used the hearing to expand pressure on Trump and his aides at the pence, on the states that were testifying to Biden’s victory, and on the Justice Department. The panel has used live interviews, video testimonies from interviews of its personal witnesses, and assault footage to detail what it has learned.
Lawmakers said last week that the July 2 hearing would focus on domestic extremists who violated the Capitol that day and what Trump was doing as the violence unfolded.