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Surprise witness provides bombshell testimony as Jan. 6 Committee suddenly reconvenes

Trump protestors hold a sign reading "Fake Trial" outside the U.S. Capitol as the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/TNS)

By Shane Madden 

Following the first five days of televised hearings, the Jan. 6 Select Committee announced a postponement into July, citing “mountains of new evidence” and more work to be done. 

That postponement lasted two days before reconvening with a surprise witness. 

Cassidy Hutchinson, former assistant to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as well as special assistant to the president, had already sat for 20 hours of recorded deposition, so what more could she possibly have to offer and why now? 

As an assistant to both Meadows and Trump, Hutchinson found herself at numerous meetings regarding the planning of the Jan. 6 rally, at The Ellipse with Trump while he spoke, and in the West Wing during the siege of the Capitol.

Hutchinson testified that on the morning of Jan. 6, Trump was informed that weapons, including bear spray, spears, and guns, were being confiscated from his followers as they filed through the magnetometers (mags) and into the secured area. He was also informed that many of them were refusing to come in for fear of having their weapons confiscated. Upon learning this, Trump demanded the removal of the security measures. 

“I don’t f*****g care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f*****g mags away. Let my people in, they can march to the Capitol from here.” Hutchinson testified hearing Trump say.  

Originally Trump intended to go to the Capitol with the mob, but fearful of the legal implication, White House Chief Counsel Pat Cipollone had managed to squash that plan. However, the president is still allowed freedom of movement and initiated an “off the record” movement.

According to testimony, Secret Service attempted to honor that request, but did not have the assets available to secure the Capitol as there was a riot going on. When Trump learned he was headed back to the West Wing after his speech instead of to the Capitol, he was furious. 

According to Hutchinson, former White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato recounted Trump screaming, “I’m the f*****g President. Take me up to the Capitol now.” Trump then “reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel” and added that according to Ornato, Trump used his other hand to “lunge” at his Secret Service detail, while indicating toward his collarbones.  

The committee then asked Hutchinson, a lifetime Republican, how she felt about everything that had happened in the lead up and on the day of Jan. 6.  

“As a staffer…I remember feeling frustrated, disappointed…It was really sad.” Hutchinson said. “As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic. It was unamerican. We’re watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie. And it was something in that moment that was really hard to digest.” 

In closing, co-chair Liz Cheney (R, Wyoming) brought up specific witness testimony that might be indicative of witness tampering. She said one witness, whom they did not identify, testified that: “What they said to me is, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know that I’m on the team, I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting who I need to protect, you know, I’ll continue to stay in good graces in Trump world.”  

Another testified they were told, “Trump’s thinking about you” and that “he knows you’ll do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

Cheney then noted the committee is taking this very seriously, even hinting at a criminal referral. 

Donald Trump has denied any wrongdoing.  

In the days following her testimony it has been revealed that Hutchinson’s resistance to testify in person faded following a change in legal counsel.  Public records indicate that former President Donald Trump’s Save America PAC were making regular payments to the law firm representing her, Elections LLC.  

Several Republicans have come out in rebuke of Hutchinsons testimony, but none willing to do so under oath and penalty of perjury. 

The Committee has re-postponed to siphon through new evidence, though Representative Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois) has revealed that new witnesses have come forward following Hutchinson’s testimony. 

More on the day six surprise witness testimony can be found here.

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