Trump’s former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 from an associate of the former Trump chief of staff. the White House, Mark Meadows, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The message in question was the second of two warnings the select committee released at the end of its special hearing when Hutchinson testified about how Donald Trump led a crowd he knew was armed to march on Capitol Hill, the report said. the sources.
“[A person] let me know you have your statement tomorrow. He wants me to let you know he’s thinking of you. He knows you are loyal and will do the right thing when you give your statement,” the post read. The editorial staff was Meadows, the sources said.
The message was introduced during closing remarks for the special hearing with Hutchinson by panel vice chair Liz Cheney, who called the missive an inappropriate pressure on a crucial witness that could extend to tampering or unlawful intimidation of witnesses.
The exact identity of the person who sent the message to Hutchinson – beyond the fact that it was a Meadows associate – could not be confirmed on Thursday, but that may in part be due to the fact that the select committee may wish to interview this person, the sources said. .
This seems to indicate that the person who sent the message was a close associate of the former White House chief of staff, who himself may be a fact witness to what Trump and Meadows were doing and thinking before the attack on the Capitol.
Neither a spokesperson for Meadows nor Hutchinson responded to a request for comment Thursday evening.
The other message was also addressed to Hutchinson, the sources said; the quote displayed on the slide was one of several calls from Trump allies that Hutchinson recounted to House investigators.
“What they told me is that as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I’m part of the team, I do the right thing, I protect who I have to. protect, you know, I will continue to stay in Trump World’s good graces,” the slide read.
“And they reminded me a few times that Trump was reading the transcripts and just to keep that in mind as I proceeded with my depositions and committee interviews.”
The identities of the people who called Hutchinson, presumably warning him not to implicate the former president, could not be established beyond the fact that they were people close to Trump, although the select committee is supposed to be aware of all the people.
Politico, which first reported that the message to Hutchinson was from a Meadows associate, also reported that it came before his second interview with the select committee. Hutchinson changed attorneys before his fourth deposition that preceded his public testimony.