Jan. 6 surprise hearing today: Top Trump aide to testify

The House of Representatives panel has not explained why it has suddenly called a hearing for Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — The House panel investigating the Capitol riot will hear testimony Tuesday from Cassidy Hutchinson, a senior White House adviser to Donald Trump who is a key witness in the full investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 attack, said a person familiar with the matter The Associated Press.

Hutchinson, a special assistant and adviser to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, has already provided the committee and its investigators with a wealth of information and conducted several interviews behind closed doors.

In brief excerpts of testimony revealed in court filings, Hutchinson told the committee she was in the room for White House meetings where challenges to the election were debated and discussed, including with Republican lawmakers.

The House panel has not explained why it abruptly rescheduled the 1 p.m. hearing because lawmakers were away from Washington on a two-week break. The committee said last week there would be no more hearings until July.

Watch the hearing live stream beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

Hutchinson previously told the committee that Meadows had been briefed on intelligence reports showing the potential for violence on Jan. 6, and that several Republican lawmakers involved in efforts to refuse the count or present “fake voters” were seeking clemency asked to avoid potential prosecution.

Hutchinson also told the committee that Meadows and others working on Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election were told by the Office of the White House Attorney that a plan to use fake voter rolls as part of the president’s desperate effort to get involved in the Remaining power to use “not legal” is loud,” court documents said.

She also detailed how Jeffrey Clark — a senior Justice Department official who championed Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud and whom the president was considering appointing him attorney general — was a “frequent presence” at the White House. The conspiracy to remove then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen unraveled during a January 3, 2021 meeting in the Oval Office, when other senior Justice Department officials warned Trump they would resign if he went through with his plan to replace Rosen would sure.

The exact subject matter of Tuesday’s hearing remained unclear, but the panel’s announcement on Monday said it would be to “present recently obtained evidence and obtain testimony.” A spokesman for the panel declined to elaborate, and Hutchinson’s attorney did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The person familiar with the committee’s plans to call Hutchinson has been unable to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The committee’s investigation continued during hearings, which began three weeks ago, and the nine-member panel has continued to probe the attack by Trump supporters. Among other things, the committee recently received new footage of Trump and his inner circle, shot before and after January 6 by British filmmaker Alex Holder.

Holder said last week that he complied with a subpoena from Congress to release all footage he shot in the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, including exclusive interviews with Trump, his children and then-Vice President Mike Pence. The footage includes footage from before and after the riot.

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the panel’s Democratic chair, told reporters last week that the committee is in possession of the footage and needs more time to go through the hours of video.

The panel has held five hearings so far, mostly addressing Trump’s pressure campaign on various institutions of power in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress, when hundreds of Republican supporters violently pushed past police and broke into the building and paused certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.

The committee has used the hearings to detail the pressure exerted by Trump and his allies on Pence, on the states that certified Biden’s victory, and on the Justice Department. The panel used live interviews, video testimonies from its private witness interviews, and footage of the attack to detail what it learned.

Lawmakers said last week that the two hearings in July would focus on domestic extremists who invaded the Capitol that day and what Trump was doing as the violence unfolded.

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