Former Trump White House aides to testify at next Jan. 6 hearing

Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews are expected to testify during the committee’s eighth and possibly last hearing this summer.

WASHINGTON — Two former White House staffers are expected to testify Thursday at the Jan. 6 prime-time House committee hearing as the panel investigates what Donald Trump was doing when his supporters broke into the Capitol, according to one with the plans familiar person.

Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former press secretary, are due to testify, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity. Both Pottinger and Matthews resigned immediately after the Jan. 6, 2021 riot that disrupted congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

The two witnesses will add to the panel’s narrative at its eighth and possibly final hearing this summer. The prime-time hearing will detail what Trump did or did not do for several hours that day as his supporters beat cops and broke into the Capitol.

Previous hearings have detailed the chaos at the White House, and aides and outsiders have asked the president to tell the rioters to leave. But he waited more than three hours to do so, and there are still many unanswered questions about exactly what he was doing and saying as the violence unfolded.

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A spokesman for the committee declined to comment. CNN was the first to report the identity of Thursday’s witnesses.

Lawmakers from the nine-member panel said the hearing will provide the most compelling evidence yet of Trump’s “dereliction of duty” that day, with witnesses detailing his failure to contain the angry mob.

“We’ve filled in the blanks,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House committee that is investigating the riot and will help lead Thursday’s session, said Sunday. “It’s going to open people’s eyes in a big way.”

“The President hasn’t done much during this time other than happily watch TV,” he added.

During its year-long investigation, the panel uncovered several details about what the former president was doing when a mob of rioters breached the Capitol complex. Testimonies and documents revealed that those closest to Trump, including his allies in Congress, Fox News anchors and even his own children, tried to persuade him to call off the mob or issue a statement calling on the rioters , to go home.

According to witnesses, Ivanka Trump once went to her father to ask him personally when his entourage had not come through. All these efforts were unsuccessful.

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Thursday’s hearing will be the first in prime time since its June 9 debut, seen by an estimated 20 million people.

The hearing comes nearly a week after committee members received a closed briefing from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog after it was discovered that the Secret Service had deleted text messages sent and received around Jan. 6. Shortly thereafter, the committee subpoenaed the agency to obtain all relevant electronic communications from agents at the time of the attack. The deadline for the Secret Service to respond is Tuesday.

Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told The Associated Press Monday that the Secret Service had told them it would release records under the subpoena’s requirements. Former Trump White House aides to testify at next Jan. 6 hearing

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