Mark Meadows and Cassidy Hutchinson to Testify Before House Intelligence CommitteeThe House has issued a subpoena for former Whitehouse officials, including Cassidy Hutchinson, to testify about their connections to the president. The panel believes that these individuals have information about efforts to sabotage the 2016 election. Meadows was at the White House on Jan. 6 for a Stop the Steal rally. Hutchinson was also present when Meadows sought to speak to others.
Although the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6's insurrection kept its plans to televised hearings secret, speculation has been rife about who may be called to testify. Cassidy Hutchinson is one of the potential witnesses in the eagerly awaited hearings. She was an aide of former White House chief-of-staff Mark Meadows and has been identified as the source for multiple revelations discovered by the probe. Hutchinson was a special assistant of the president in legislative affairs. Subpoenaed in November 2021 The panel also believed that he was in touch with other ex-Trump administration officials, who had pertinent information about the activities of President Trump on Jan. 6, and how he and his associates participated in the efforts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 elections. On Jan. 6, 2021, far-right Donald Trump supporters gathered near the Capitol. (Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images). According to her subpoena Hutchinson wasn't only present at the White House Jan. 6, but was also there during Trump's speech at the Stop the Steal rally at the Ellipse. He encouraged his supporters to fight hard before promising them to march to the Capitol. According to the subpoena she also sent emails to Georgia officials following Meadows's visit to that state for its election audit. She was also present at other important meetings at the White House up until Jan. 6. Hutchinson, unlike her ex-boss, who refused to cooperate with House investigators, was referred for by the Justice Department. Hutchinson appeared before the committee three times since the start of the year. According to reports, Hutchinson was referred by a source after her last deposition. Told CNN Hutchinson claims Meadows refused to obey his subpoena and that she is being made to testify. CNN reported that the same source claimed Hutchinson would likely appear before the committee again, perhaps during the public hearings. Cassidy Hutchinson (left), Trump's aide, and Kaleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, in 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Jan.6 committee spokesperson declined to comment whether Hutchinson would be called as witness during the hearings. They are scheduled for June 9th. Yahoo News reached Hutchinson's lawyer for no comment. Although much is still unknown regarding Hutchinson's statements to the committee, there are a few key facts that have been revealed from Hutchinson's closed-door depositions. These details will likely feature in the case House investigators plan to make available to the American public this summer. Let's take a look at the most important revelations Hutchinson has made, as well as how these might be incorporated into public hearings. After House investigators subpoenaed McCarthy and four other GOP legislators, Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, was surrounded by journalists. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Meadows and other people continued to plan for Trump's victory, according to court filings. This was despite the fact that White House counsel declared them unsound. Meadows has been sued by the select committee to stop the subpoenas. This may give clues as to how Hutchinson’s testimony might be used during the hearings. In an April court filing The select committee used sections from Hutchinson’s testimony to prove that Hutchinson was involved in trying to reverse the outcome of the 2020 elections. It also stated that Hutchinson had made illegal plans to do so. The filing states that Hutchinson informed the committee that White House Counsel's Office had repeatedly opposed a plan to force Republican officials from battleground states who voted for Biden, to submit alternate pro-Trump electors to Congress at the Jan. 6 meeting to certify the Electoral College election count. Hutchinson informed the committee that counsel had determined that alternate electors plans were not legal sound as soon as November 2021. This conclusion was made during numerous meetings at Trump's White House that involved Meadows and other Trump associates such as Rudy Giuliani's ex-personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and several members of Congress, including Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.). The committee filed that the plan was approved despite this advice. Investigations into Trump's role and that of advisers such as Meadows have been key foci. The Guardian Last month, it was reported that the Trump White House would be highlighting illegal tactics in the coming hearings. This includes the plan to send false electors to Congress as a way to undermine Joe Biden’s victory and ensure a second term. On Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump will be speaking at the Stop the Steal rally. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Meadows was advised about violence potential on January 6, according to filings The panel also investigated the role of Trump advisors in organizing events on Jan. 6, when Congress was meeting to certify election results. These events included the Ellipse rally that occurred before the Capitol riot. It left more than 140 officers and five dead. The April court filing also included Hutchinson’s testimony by the select committee as proof that Meadows continued with plans to hold Trump's January 6 Washington rally despite being warned of violent violence. Hutchinsons deposition of March 7, in which Hutchinson stated that she knew there had been concerns raised to Mr. Meadows and that information had been brought to his attention that indicated violence could occur on the 6th. Again, though, it is not clear if or what he did to that information. Trump supporters take over the Capitol steps on January 6, 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images Hutchinson specifically told the committee that Meadows discussed violence with Anthony Ornato in January. Ornato was a top Secret Service agent and also served as Trump’s chief of operations. Hutchinson stated that Mr. Ornato came in to say that intel reports had indicated that violence could occur on the sixth. Then Mr. Meadows replied, "All right, let us talk about it." Hutchinson claimed Ornato brought the topic up with Meadows while he was leaving the office on a Friday evening, and they briefly discussed the matter. She said that they only went to the office for about five minutes. They were there in no time. The select committee has released sections of Hutchinson’s testimony. It is unclear if she gave any additional details regarding the warnings Meadows was given or if he was specifically warned about the potential for Trump supporters to protest the loss in D.C. Jan. 6. A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol shortly after the Ellipse rally.
Scott Perry">Scott Perry (Republican of Pennsylvania) speaks with Trump supporters in Harrisburg on November 5, 2020. This was the day following Joe Biden's election. (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters) After Scott Perry's meeting, Meadows burned his papers. According to recent reports, Hutchinson continues to give the committee relevant information about Hutchinson's conduct in the period leading up to Jan. 6. According to Politico Hutchinson stated to the panel that Meadows had set fire to documents at her office after a meeting she held with Scott Perry (R-Pa.) in the days following the 2020 election. Perry is another important player in the investigation of Trump's attempts to reverse his defeat election and events that led up to January 6. The committee has obtained documents and testimony that identify Perry as Perry's first connection between Trump and the then-unknown Justice Department senior official. Trump conspired with Clark during his last weeks at the White House to attempt to discredit the election results using the DOJ. This was even though the FBI had failed to locate evidence of widespread voter fraud. He came very close to installing Clark in that role before many top aides threatened their resignation. It is not known if Hutchinson disclosed to investigators the papers Meadows had reportedly incinerated, or whether they should have been kept under federal records laws. In addition to Meadows'and Perry's attempts to hide their communications after the 2020 election, the select committee discovered other communication strategies by Perry and Meadows. One text message exchange Perry informed Meadows that he had just sent him something via Signal, an encrypted messaging platform. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), is second from the right during the House select panel meeting investigating Jan.6 insurrection. This was on March 28, 2008. (Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images). Trump apparently supported Mike Pence being hanged A second key inquiry of the select committee was to find out what the president did while angry mobs of supporters ransacked Capitol. It also explains why it took so long for National Guard troops to arrive at Capitol and how they stopped them. The White House scene at Jan. 6 may be a clue for investigators. Hutchinson reportedly confirms the account of one witness. The Jan. 6 committee was given a detailed account. It appears that rioters started chanting "Hang Mike Pence!" shortly after the incident. Meadows said to his colleagues that Trump complained about the fact his vice-president was being evacuated. According to The New York Times Meadows told his colleagues, then, that Trump said something like, "Maybe Mr. Pence should die." The Times reports that Trump's comments were first reported by at least one witness to the select committee, which then confirmed them with Hutchinson who was in Meadows's office as Trump relayed his remarks. The Times reported that Meadows'lawyer refuted the claim. The Times reports that Trump’s comments are not clear in tone, however it highlights his frustration at Pence for refusing to give up on the pressure campaign by the president to stop Congress from certifying the results of the Electoral College elections that day. This anecdote may also shed some light on Trump’s initial reaction to the Riot and the reasons he didn’t immediately call the mob of members of his family as well as Republicans in Congress.