Meadows middleman may have tried to sway Hutchinson’s testimony to Jan. 6 committee, sources say – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
(CNN) – One of the people who may have tried to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the request of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with the issues. information gathered by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the committee’s vice chair, cited two examples of possible witness intimidation during a hearing featuring Hutchinson, who was an aide to Meadows in the Trump White House, earlier this week, without naming a witness or who made contact. Sources now tell CNN that the two cases Cheney recounted were directed at Hutchinson and that Hutchinson believes the messages were intended to impact his testimony.
In one instance, Cheney said a witness received a call in which someone said, “(A person) let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know he’s thinking of you. He knows you are loyal and will do the right thing when you show up for your deposition.
Multiple sources now tell CNN that the witness was Hutchinson and that the “person” referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version shown on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.
Ben Williamson, a spokesman for Meadows, denied that Meadows or anyone in his “side” tried to intimidate Hutchinson or influence his testimony.
“No one from the Meadows camp, himself or otherwise, ever sought to intimidate or shape his conversations with the committee,” Williamson told CNN.
The second example cited by the committee on Tuesday — a witness statement detailing the lobbying campaign from former President Donald Trump’s orbit — also implicated Hutchinson, the sources told CNN.
“What they told me is that as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I’m part of the team. I do the right thing. I protect who I have to. protect, you know, I will continue to stay in good graces in Trump World,” Cheney said during the hearing, relaying the statement of the witness who sources now say is Hutchinson. “And they reminded me repeatedly that Trump reads the transcripts and keep that in mind as I conduct my depositions and interviews with the committee.”
Since Hutchinson’s testimony, which revealed shocking new details about what Trump was doing in the days leading up to and on January 6, questions have emerged about whether Trump and his allies pressured people willing to talk. to the committee.
“I think most Americans know that trying to influence witnesses to testify falsely presents very serious concerns,” Cheney said Tuesday after presenting the messages. “We will discuss these matters in committee, carefully considering our next steps.”
CNN previously reported that at least one of the examples of potential witness intimidation presented by the panel at the hearing actually involved Hutchinson. Politico was the first to report that Meadows was the redacted person mentioned in the call to Hutchinson.
Hutchinson did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
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