Hutchinson’s security was a grave concern of the committee leading up to their hearing. It was part of why they kept her identity secret leading up to the meeting.
Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified for nearly two hours Tuesday and in taped closed-door testimony about how Meadows and Trump had been repeatedly warned about security concerns leading up to and on the day of the January 6, 2021, rally and riot. Hutchinson also testified on how Trump repeatedly sought to go to the Capitol on January 6.
Punchbowl News first reported that Hutchinson was one of the witnesses cited at the end of Tuesday’s hearing
Members of the committee have suggested that the two examples they presented were only a fraction of the evidence they have related to possible witness intimidation.
Representante demócrata. Adam Schiff of California, a member of the committee, told CNN that the behavior is part of a pattern of conduct by the former President.
“Certainly we’ve seen a history of the former President trying to influence witnesses or intimidate them,” Schiff said.
A spokesperson for the select committee declined to comment on the committee’s claims about possible witness intimidation.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Cheney said the committee had evidence of a “particular practice that raises significant 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, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I’m on the right team. I’m doing the right thing. I’m protecting who I need to protect. Sabes, I’ll continue to stay in good graces in Trump world. And they have reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts.”
The second example Cheney gave is a call a witness received saying, “Quote ‘a person let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal. And you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.'”
En an interview ABC’s “Buenos dias America” that aired Thursday
, Cheney was asked about the allegations of witness intimidation or influence
“It’s very serious,” Cheney said. “It really goes to the heart of our legal system. And it’s something the committee will certainly be reviewing.”
Ella añadió, “It gives us a real insight into how people around the former President are operating, into the extent to which they believe that they can affect the testimony of witnesses before the committee, and it’s something we take very seriously, and it’s something that people should be aware of — it’s a very serious issue, and I would imagine the Department of Justice would be very interest in and would take that very seriously as well.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Thursday.