After declaring their plans to postpone further hearings until July, the January 6 Committee, headed by Rep. Bennie Thompson, has announced their plans to hold a new hearing on Tuesday, stating that they have new evidence to share. That new evidence and secret witness will reportedly be in the form of testimony from former Trump chief of staff aide Cassidy Hutchinson.
Hutchinson, who is in her 20s and worked for Mark Meadows during the Trump administration, has already given three interviews to the committee's investigators. It was her taped deposition that led the committee to reveal the names of GOP lawmakers who had sought pardons from the former President.
Hutchinson also said during the more than 20 hours of interviews that Meadows, her boss, had been briefed on the potentiality for violence surrounding the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally at Washington, DC's ellipse on January 6, 2021. She said that White House attorneys were not in favor of the creation of alternate elector slates in states where votes were being recounted and legal challenges were made.
The Committee has seen Hutchinson as a way to get to Meadows, who has not submitted testimony to the Committee. "While Meadows proved an elusive subject for the committee, Hutchinson has been able to detail many of the goings on at the White House in the days leading up to Jan. 6," The Hill reports.
In a profile of Hutchinson, Slate reported that Norm Eisen, who brought impeachment charges against Trump during House Democrats' first failed attempt to unseat him from office, said that the young aide "might turn out to be the next John Dean." Dean was involved in the Watergate hearings, and was the first to link Nixon to that scandal.
Hutchinson is believed to have "provided extensive information about Meadow's activities in trying to overturn the election." The Committee previously released information from her interviews in April, which contained testimony that some GOP reps were considering the concept of Vice President Mike Pence not voting to certify the electoral college votes for Joe Biden. That did not come to pass.
Additionally, Hutchinson told the Committee that those lawmakers "felt that he had the authority to—pardon me if my phrasing isn’t correct on this, but—send votes back to the states or the electors back to the states."
It is relatively common for House reps to take issue with electoral votes from states when they have concerns about the voting procedure in that state, or the closeness of an electoral contest. Democrat lawmakers attempted to do this prior to confirming Trump's electoral college votes, and GOP lawmakers did the same with Biden's votes from contentious, battleground states.
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