The campaign to discredit Cassidy Hutchinson has begun

In the hours after Cassidy Hutchinson made a bombastic testimony before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, former President Trump and his allies rushed to attack the former White House staffer.

Hutchinson, who served as an adviser to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the panel Trump was aware some of his supporters were armed when he asked them to march to the Capitol. She also testified that Tony Ornato, then Deputy White House Chief of Staff, told her the President was so “angry” that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him to the Capitol that he grabbed the steering wheel and attacked an agent fell.

Trump and his allies have seized on media reports of denials from unnamed intelligence sources to frame Hutchinson’s affidavit as unreliable. So far, however, none of the people who have disputed Hutchinson’s story have done so under oath. Now, members of the Jan. 6 committee, Hutchinson’s attorney, and several of Hutchinson’s former Trump administration colleagues are urging their critics to follow the 25-year-old’s example and testify before Congress under penalty of perjury.

“The lies and fabricated stories being told to the partisan Highly Unselect Committee, not just by the wrong climber caught yesterday but by many others, are a disgrace to our seriously declining nation,” Trump wrote on Wednesday morning his social media platform Truth Social. “No cross-examination, no real Republicans, no attorneys, NOTHING. Fake stories and a total fake narrative are produced with ZERO pushback allowed. Those not elected should be forced to disband. WITCH HUNT!”

An anonymous Secret Service official said CNN that Ornato denies telling Hutchinson that Trump grabbed the wheel or an agent. “The agents are ready to declare under oath that the incident itself did not take place,” the official told the network. CNN’s anonymous source did not deny that Trump was angry that he was not driven to the Capitol. Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, would not confirm the CNN report to The Times, only saying that federal law enforcement “has cooperated fully with the Special Committee since its inception in the spring of 2021 and we will continue to do so, including one.” formal and on-file response to the Committee regarding new allegations that have surfaced in the Commission [Tuesday]his testimony.”

Trump’s supporters have also made inaccurate claims about the plausibility of the limousine story. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) retweeted a graphic of the “Beast”, the presidential limousine, which seemed to illustrate how passengers are separated from the driver. “Cassidy Hutchinson lied and the @January6thCmte held a special hearing [Tuesday] to spread their lies,” Greene said. “In 23, every one of them must be held accountable for what they did to Pres Trump, his Admin and the Republicans at the expense of the people. Enough of that.” Trump was actually transported in one SUVnot the beast, shows video played by the committee on the morning of January 6th.

Jody Hunt, a former assistant attorney general under Trump who is now working as Hutchinson’s legal counsel, urged others with knowledge of her testimony to come forward and testify under oath.

“MS. Hutchinson testified under oath and related what she was told,” Hunt tweeted. “Those with knowledge of the episode should also testify under oath.”

Other Trump White House officials who came to Hutchinson’s aid also urged their critics to testify under oath. Alyssa Farah Griffin, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary and White House strategic communications director, referred to Hutchinson as a “friend.”

“For anyone who would attempt to challenge her character, I would be happy to put you in touch with @January6thCmte to appear UNDER EID,” she said, highlighting the fact that skeptics of Hutchinson’s testimony could publicly backtrack without penalty of perjury.

“Anyone who downplays Cassidy Hutchinson’s role or her access to the West Wing either doesn’t understand how the Trump WH worked or is trying to discredit her, afraid of how damning that statement is,” added Sarah Matthews, a former deputy press, added secretary. “For those who complain about ‘hearsay,’ I think the January 6 committee would welcome anyone involved to deny these allegations under oath.”

Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Meadows, Ornato and Robert Engel, the head of Trump’s intelligence detail and the agent Trump allegedly swooped on, should be ready to testify as well.

“This is explosive stuff,” Mulvaney tweeted. “If Cassidy is making this up, they have to say so. If it isn’t, you have to confirm it. I know you. I don’t think she’s lying.”

Committee members also assisted Hutchinson.

“I have found Cassidy Hutchinson to be a thoroughly credible witness who tells us what she saw and heard,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) told MSNBC. “She was very careful to distinguish when she was participating in the conversation or when actions by others were being associated with her.”

“Cassidy Hutchinson is one of the bravest and most honorable people I know,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) wrote in a tweet. He added in another: “Watching the desperation of the Trump world to discredit the brave Cassidy Hutchinson reminds me of…. Everything Trump does when he’s arrested and cornered.”

Punchbowl News reports Wednesday that Hutchinson was a target of alleged witness intimidation from the Trump world. At Tuesday’s hearing, committee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) gave two examples of what she described as attempts to influence what witnesses said to the committee. One statement read, “You reminded me a couple of times that Trump reads transcripts and just to keep that in mind,” while another said one person said, “He knows you’re loyal, and you will do the right thing if you go by your testimony.” The campaign to discredit Cassidy Hutchinson has begun

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