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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Who is Matthew Pottinger and why is he testifying at the January 6 hearing?

The deputy national security adviser at the Trump White House, Matthew Pottinger, is set to testify on July 21 at the January 6 committee’s eighth public hearing.

watch: January 6 Committee Hearing – Day 8

The hearing is expected to focus on former President Donald Trump’s actions during the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

As Axios reports, Pottinger was unaware of most days of violence on Capitol Hill as he was in meetings away from the White House. But when he returned to office by mid-afternoon, he found his colleagues in a state of shock, watching television coverage of the attack on the Capitol.

Pottinger was part of a wave of resignations from the Trump White House shortly after the January 6 attacks. He was hired early in the administration, which saw many employees come and go, and stayed for a full four years.

Pottinger has already voluntarily appeared before the committee for in-camera testimony. The video snippet of his testimony was used during the June 28 House hearing.

In that recorded video, he described the moment on 6 January when he decided to resign.

“One of my employees gave me a printout of a tweet from the President, and the tweet said something that Vice President Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do – which should have been done. I read that tweet and decided to resign right away Once I read that tweet, I knew I was leaving that day,” he said.

He is expected to testify about Trump’s lack of action to stop the January 6 attack as it went on. The New York Times reports that Pottinger has already told the committee about requests by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser to deploy the National Guard and a frustrated White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has made several unsuccessful calls to the Pentagon. had done. Provide assistance to law enforcement in the Capitol.

For more information on the key players in the January 6 committee hearing, click here.

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