Former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson will testify before January 6 committee on Tuesday, sources say

His scheduled appearance was first reported by Punchbowl News.

Hutchinson has previously been interviewed by the committee behind closed doors and video clips of her testimony have been shown by the panel at previous hearings. But her live testimony would mark a significant moment in the committee’s series of hearings, as Hutchinson has long been considered one of its most important witnesses due to her closeness to former President Donald’s chief of staff. Trump at the White House.

The appearance was hastily arranged during a week when no public business was scheduled and a public hearing was announced by the committee just 24 hours before it was to begin. The rush to hold the hearing – after the panel said it would not be held again until July – underscores the importance of Hutchinson’s expected live testimony.

Hutchinson answered questions from the panel in three separate sessions and walked “new ground” with the committee last month, though it’s not immediately clear what was discussed during this deposition.

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During a hearing last week, the committee released a video clip of Hutchinson testifying that Meadows and former President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were involved in early conversations about presenting false voter lists – a fundamental tenet of the broader effort to overturn the 2020 election.

The panel also played a video of Hutchinson testifying that Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, wanted then-Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark to take control of the department – linking another key part of Trump’s efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.

“He wanted Mr. Clark — Mr. Jeff Clark — to take over the Justice Department,” she said of Perry in an excerpt from her deposition released during a hearing last week.

Hutchinson also named several Republican members of Congress who she said inquired about pardons, for themselves or others, in the run-up to Jan. 6, according to another video released by the committee during its hearings. , including: Perry and Reps. Matt Gaetz from Florida, Mo Brooks from Alabama, Andy Biggs from Arizona, Jim Jordan from Ohio and Louie Gohmert from Texas.

CNN reported that during one of his interviews with the committee, Hutchinson said Trump suggested to Meadows that he approved of the “hang on Mike Pence” chants of the rioters who stormed the US Capitol.

She also said Trump complained that his then-vice president was taken to safety as Trump supporters breached the Capitol, the sources previously told CNN.

CNN previously reported that Hutchinson was likely to testify in person at one of the committee’s upcoming hearings after replacing his lawyer who had significant ties to Trump, according to a source familiar with the matter.

She was unwilling to risk a contempt of Congress charge to obstruct the investigation, the source familiar said, and the change in representation was a sign that she was more willing to cooperate with the committee.

The panel did not reveal the subject of the hearing, which will begin at 1 p.m. ET and mark its sixth hearing this month. A source close to the committee’s plans told CNN earlier Monday that the panel was concerned about the safety of a potential witness ahead of Tuesday’s hearing. The safety of the witness and of the proceedings in general is part of the reason the committee was so secretive about who would appear on Tuesday and what topics would be discussed.

Security concerns also led to new precautions being taken inside the courtroom. Another source told CNN that some of the people who had regular front-row seats for the hearings were told they were unlikely to get them on Tuesday for security reasons.

A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment on its preparations for Tuesday’s hearing, which was first reported by The Washington Post.

This story was updated with additional details on Monday.

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