Former aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the J6 House Select Committee in 2022 that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of a "the beast," a limo, on January 6, and just this week copy from her book revealed her claim that she was "groped" by Rudy Giuliani while backstage during the rally at the Ellipse on that same day.
She was counseled in her testimony before the J6 House Select Committee by attorney Stefan Passantino, who said that he advised her to be honest and forthright in her May 17, 2022 testimony. She later hired attorney Jody Hunt, who counseled her for her June 20, 2022 deposition before the House.
That didn't stop MSNBC's Andrew Weissmann from tweeting out to his 320,000 followers that "Hunt also is Cassidy Hutchinson’s good lawyer. (Not the one who coached her to lie) And he is the guy who took notes of Trump saying, when Mueller was appointed, quoting him as saying 'I’m f….d'" This was in reference to Hunt having been subpoenaed by Fulton County, Georgia DA Fani Willis in her RICO case against Trump and 18 co-defendants.
Weissmann was likely basing his assertions on Hutchinson's own testimony to the J6 House Select Committee, which is contradicted in her own text messages. In the final report from the J6 House Select Committee, the reference Hutchinson's tesimony. They write that "The Select Committee has also received a range of evidence suggesting specific efforts to obstruct the Committee’s investigation. Much of this evidence is already known by the Department of Justice and by other prosecutorial authorities."
Among the evidence provided, they cite that Hutchinson's lawyer "had advised the witness that the witness could, in certain circumstances, tell the Committee that she did not recall facts when she actually did recall them." They further claim that her lawyer, who at the time in question was Passantino, advised her to say that she doesn't recall an event that she does recall. Further, the report states that Hutchinson advised him to not share any information regarding her testimony to the press.
The text messages revealed in the lawsuit Passantino has levied against Weissmann show, as does Hutchinson's other tesimony, that she believes he did not tell her to lie at any point, and that she herself did not want to "comply," but her attorney instructed her to. The messages further reveal that Hutchinson had a plan to leak details of her testimony to the press because she feared the J6 House Special Committee—not her lawyer—would leak them to press.
However, Weissman's assertion that Passantino coached his cliet to "lie" has been directly contradicted by that client herself. In a lawsuit filed on Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Passantino takes aim at Weissmann for his allegation. To support his case, he offers text messages from Hutchinson that were sent to a friend at the time of her first deposition before the J6 House Committee.
The lawsuit reveals that "In contemporaneous text messages to a close friend... Ms. Hutchinson has admitted that while she did not want to cooperate with the Select Committee, Mr. Passantino encouraged her to do so."
To her friend, she writes "But I don't want to comply. Stefan wants me to comply." Her friend asks what happens if she doesn't comply with the Committee, to which Hutchinson replied "I'm so ducking done with this sh*t I don't have it in me."
She also revealed to this friend Passantino advised her that conversations between White House staff, Trump, and at least one other person are not covered by executive privilege, but are "fair game."
She said that "Stefan wants to wait till after my depo. I have to go in person next Tuesday." Her concern is that anything she told the Committee would be leaked to the press, and she wanted to get ahead of anything they said with a public statement of her own.
Hutchinson further asserts that she wants to reach out to media to give her side of the story, her "narrative."
In the lawsuit, Passantino writes "Ms. Hutchinson has admitted that while she did not want to cooperate with the Select Committee, Mr. Passantino encouraged her to do so."
During her testimony before the J6 House Committee, as recorded in official transcripts from her September 14, 2022 appearance, Hutchinson said "I want to make this clear to you: Stefan never told me to lie." She further states"I just want to make sure that I make it clear that he didn’t say, ‘I want you to lie and say that you don’t recall on these things when I know you recall.'"
Hutchinson said "he didn’t tell me to lie. He told me not to lie."
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