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Cassidy Hutchinson revealed one of the biggest bombshells of the Jan. 6 committee hearing: Last week, in a recorded statement, she described how Republican lawmakers called for a general pardon for participants at a White House meeting on Dec. 21.
Today, Hutchinson, who had been an assistant to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, will appear as the panel’s surprise live witness for an unscheduled hearing. NPR has confirmed. The commission announced Monday that it would hold a hearing on Tuesday “to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness statements,” but as of Tuesday morning it had not formally announced witnesses or provided other details. For a livestream of the hearing from 1 p.m., click here.
The secrecy surrounding the hearing seems misplaced; Hutchinson’s association with the commission was an open, public fact.
Given the urgency of the hearing and the key bits of information Hutchinson has already shared with the Democrat-led commission, expectations are growing that this former top Republican staffer will reveal something explosive when she sits down to testify.
What Hutchinson has said so far
Last week, Meadows’ former aide said in that video testimonial that GOP Representative Matt Gaetz had been asking for a pardon since “early December”, noting that Representatives Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Mo Brooks and Scott Perry also sought pardons from the White House. John McEntee, a former White House aide, also said that Gaetz told him he had asked Meadows for a pardon.
Hutchinson also testified that she heard that Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene had applied to the White House counsel’s office for a pardon. All named members denied the allegations.
The commission shared video of two cases where it spoke about what the White House was doing leading up to, during and after the violent attack on the Capitol. Earlier this month, some in Washington had claimed she would testify live at one of the commission’s public hearings.
Hutchinson previously testified that Meadows had been warned about “intel reports saying there could be violence on the 6th.” She also told the committee that Meadows burned documents in his office after meeting with Deputy Scott Perry, Politico reported, although it is not known what those documents were. During last week’s committee hearings, Perry emerged as a key figure in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to convince followers of a variety of lies about the soundness of the 2020 election.
Hutchinson previously told the committee she was near Meadows for part of January 6, although not all of the events. She has also appeared in recorded testimony that former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, several of his associates, and Meadows attended a meeting where they discussed there would be alternative voters in key states where Trump lost.
Politico also previously reported that Hutchinson recently switched from legal adviser to Stefan Passantino, who reportedly still has close ties to Trump, to Alston Bird’s Jody Hunt. Bird is a former Attorney General of the Justice Department with close ties to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.