Cassidy Hutchinson Subjected to Witness IntimidatiON
People close to Trump tried to influence what witnesses said to the January 6th Committee.
Former White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson said someone contacted her to try to influence her testimony before the House January 6th Committee, according to sources familiar with the hearing.
Republican Vice Chair Liz Cheney announced that at least two witnesses told the Committee that people connected to former President Donald Trump tried to influence their testimony.
Three sources with knowledge of the Committee hearings say that Hutchinson was one of the witnesses subjected to intimidation.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Cheney told the public that one witness described phone calls received before testifying: “What they said to me is, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I'm on the right 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. And they have reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts.”
Cheney said another witness received a call saying, “a person let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know he's thinking about you. He knows you're loyal. And you're going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”
Witness intimidation is a federal offense that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
What Hutchinson Said
Hutchinson testified that Trump knew his supporters were armed with guns and other weapons outside his rally on January 6th. Trump wanted to let them in anyway.
"I don't effing care that they have weapons — they're not here to hurt me,” Trump said according to Hutchinson.
Knowing his supporters were armed, Trump still gave a speech that urged them to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell.”
Hutchinson also testified that Trump became very angry on the drive back to the White House after his speech on January 6th. Trump had been under the impression that he would go to the Capitol, but his staff did not plan that.
Deputy Chief of Staff Tony Ornato told Hutchinson that in the presidential limousine, Trump tried to grab the steering wheel and the secret service agent driving the vehicle.
Hutchinson also said that Chief of Staff Mark Meadows knew there was the possibility of violence on January 6th. She testified that Meadows told her “Things might get real, real bad on January 6” on January 2nd.