The commission’s vice chair, GOP Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said during Tuesday’s hearing that two witnesses – whom she did not name – told the committee they had heard from people connected to former President Donald’s world. Trump and possibly trying to intimidate them. According to sources, CNN Hutchinson is one of those witnesses.
The committee concluded their presentation Tuesday at their blockbuster hearing with sample testimony detailing the witnesses who were asked by people close to the former president to be loyal to him and his administration.
“We often ask witnesses associated with Mr. Trump’s administration or campaign whether they have been approached by any of their former colleagues, or anyone else, who attempted to influence or influence their testimony,” Cheney said during the hearing. he showed fragments of how witnesses have responded to that question.
In both examples, the commission showed testimony where witnesses were told that the former president was paying attention to the fact that they had been called by the commission and hoped they would continue to support Trump.
Hutchinson’s safety was a major concern of the committee ahead of their hearing. It was one of the reasons they kept her identity a secret leading up to the meeting.
Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified for nearly two hours on Tuesday in a taped behind-closed-door testimony about how Meadows and Trump had been repeatedly warned of security concerns leading up to and on the day of January. 6, 2021, rally and riots. Hutchinson also testified about how Trump repeatedly tried to go to the Capitol on January 6.
Punchbowl News first reported that Hutchinson was among the witnesses named at the conclusion of Tuesday’s hearing.
Committee members have suggested that the two examples they presented were only a fraction of the evidence they have regarding possible witness harassment.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a member of the committee, told CNN the behavior is part of a pattern of behavior of the former president.
“We’ve definitely seen a history of the former president trying to influence or intimidate witnesses,” Schiff said.
A spokesperson for the select committee declined to comment on the committee’s allegations of potential witness harassment.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Cheney said the committee had evidence of a “special practice of great concern.”
One witness, Cheney said, described phone calls from people interested in that witness’s testimony. Cheney said the unnamed witness told the committee: “What they said to me is that as long as I remain a team player, they know I’m on the right team. I’m doing the right thing. I’m protecting who I’m supposed to protect.” “You know, I remain in good graces in the Trump world. And they reminded me a few times that Trump reads transcripts.”
The second example Cheney gave is a phone call a witness received and said, “Quote” someone let me know you have your statement tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he is thinking of you. He knows you are loyal. will do the right thing if you go in for your impeachment.’”
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Thursday, Cheney was asked about the allegations of harassment or witness influence.
“It’s very serious,” Cheney said. “It really touches the heart of our justice system. And it’s something the committee will definitely review.”
She added: “It gives us a real insight into how people are working around the former president, to the extent that they think they can influence the testimony of witnesses before the committee, and it’s something that we take very seriously, and it’s something people need to be aware of — it’s a very serious issue, and I imagine the Justice Department would be very interested in this and take it very seriously.”
This story was updated Thursday with additional developments.