Cassidy Hutchinsona former Trump White House aide, told the House committee on January 6 that she had been contacted by someone trying to influence her testimony, three sources familiar with the presentation said. the hearing told CNN.
The committee’s vice chair, GOP Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said at Tuesday’s hearing that two witnesses – who she did not name – told the committee that they had heard from those involved. to the world of former President Donald Trump, who may be trying to intimidate them. Sources told CNN Hutchinson was one of those witnesses.
The committee concluded their presentation on Tuesday at their blockbuster hearing by giving examples of testimony describing witnesses who were asked by people close to the former President to be loyal to him and his administration.
“We often ask witnesses connected to the Trump administration or campaign if they have been contacted by any of their former colleagues or anyone else who has tried to influence or influence the Trump campaign. influence their testimony,” Cheney said during the hearing, before offering excerpts of how witnesses responded to that question.
In both examples, the committee gave testimony in which witnesses were told that the former President was noting that they had been called by the committee and hoped they would continue to commit to Trump.
Hutchinson’s security was a serious concern for the committee leading up to their hearing. That was part of the reason why they kept her identity a secret leading up to the meeting.
Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified for nearly two hours on Tuesday and in closed-taped testimony that Meadows and Trump were repeatedly warned of concerns. security leading up to and on January 1. June 2021, protests and riots. Hutchinson also testified about Trump repeatedly trying to get to the Capitol on January 6.
News about Punchbowl first reported that Hutchinson was one of the witnesses cited at the end of Tuesday’s hearing.
Committee members have suggested that the two examples they present represent only a fraction of the evidence they have regarding the possibility of witness intimidation.
Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California, a member of the committee, told CNN the behavior was part of the former president’s pattern of behavior.
“We’ve certainly seen history of former Presidents trying to influence witnesses or intimidate them,” Schiff said.
A spokesman for the selection committee declined to comment on the committee’s claims of possible witness intimidation.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Cheney said the committee had evidence of a “specific practice of considerable concern.”
One witness, Cheney said, described phone calls from people interested in that witness’s testimony. Cheney said the unnamed witness told the committee: “What they told me was, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I’m on the right team. I am doing the right thing. I am protecting the person I need to protect. You know, I will continue to stay with good graces in the Trump world. And they reminded me a few times that Trump read the transcript.”
The second example Cheney gave was a call where a witness was told, “Cite” someone telling me you’re going to be removed tomorrow. He wants me to let you know he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal. And you will do the right thing when you start your work. ‘”
In an interview “Good Morning America” by ABC broadcast on Thursday, Cheney was asked about allegations of intimidation or witness influence.
“It’s very serious,” Cheney said. “It really goes to the heart of our legal system. And that’s something the committee will certainly look at. ”
She added, “It gives us a real insight into how the people around the former President are operating, to the extent to which they believe they can influence the testimony of previous witnesses.” committee and that’s something we take very seriously, and it’s something everyone should know – it’s a very serious matter, and I imagine the Department of Justice will be very concerned and will look into that very much as well. serious. ”
This story was updated with additional developments on Thursday.