January 6 committee adds new hearing for Tuesday

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and a witness to many critical events and conversations, is expected to testify publicly on Tuesday, according to two sources familiar with the case Monday night.

Her planned performance was first reported by Punchbowl News.

The panel has not disclosed the topic of the hearing, which begins at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be the panel’s sixth hearing this month.

The announcement of this week’s hearing came as a surprise to many, as the committee had said it would not resume its hearings until mid-July. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the committee chair, told reporters last week that the panel needed more time to review the new documentary footage it received from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who is in possession of never-before-seen footage of former President Donald Trump and his family, new information from the National Archives and new tips coming in through the panel’s tip line.

The commission did not disclose the witness list or subject matter, but said it would “present recently obtained evidence and receive witness statements”.

Hutchinson has already been interviewed behind closed doors by the committee and video clips of her statement have been shown by the panel in previous hearings. But her live testimony would mark a significant moment in the commission’s series of hearings, as she has long been considered one of the most sweeping witnesses due to her proximity to Meadows.

A source familiar with the panel’s plans had told CNN earlier Monday that the committee was concerned about the safety of a potential witness ahead of Tuesday’s hearing. The safety of the witness and the procedure in general is partly the reason why the committee is so secretive about who will appear on Tuesday and what topics will be discussed.

The security concerns have also led to new precautions being taken in the auditorium. Another source told CNN that some people who regularly sat in the front row for hearings were told they probably won’t get that Tuesday for security reasons.

A committee spokesman declined to comment on preparations for Tuesday’s hearing, which The Washington Post first reported on.

In its first five hearings, the commission explained how Trump knew he had lost the 2020 presidential election, but then pressured Vice President Mike Pence, state officials and the Justice Department to ensure he remained in office. Committee members have previously indicated that the final two hearings would focus on the role of domestic extremist groups played in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, filling the gaps in what Trump was doing. as the violence in the Capitol unfolded. †

Holder’s “Unprecedented” three-part docuseries about the 2020 elections will be released later this summer on Discovery Plus, which is owned by CNN’s parent company. The documentary features never-before-seen footage of the Trump family on the campaign trail and their reactions to the election results.

This story was updated Monday with additional developments.

Ryan Nobles and Zachary Cohen of CNN contributed to this report.