LIVE: Jan. 6 Committee Holds Surprise Hearing on Capitol Riot

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(Jun. 28) Mark Meadows, will testify Tuesday before the House Committee investigating the deadly January 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Cassidy Hutchinson, who previously gave videotaped depositions offering insider details on the final days of Trump’s presidency, will appear during a 1 p.m. hearing that was announced by the panel on short notice Monday, while most of Congress is on a two-week break. Her appearance was kept under wraps, citing an urgency tied to new evidence and security concerns.

Snippets of Hutchinson’s video-taped depositions have given the committee some of its most surprising information on issues ranging from fake state electors to potential presidential pardons for lawmakers.

But on Monday, the committee cited newly obtained evidence and testimony for its surprise hearing, despite having announced last week that ongoing hearings would pause until July.

Punchbowl News previously reported Hutchinson’s appearance.

The former intern for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana began as an intern in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in March 2019. She became Meadows’s executive assistant in March 2020 and then special assistant to the president in the Office of the Chief of Staff from May 2020 to January 2021.

With such a inside view, Hutchinson sat for at least three closed-door depositions before the committee and has been widely anticipated to emerge as one of its most important live witnesses during a hearing.

Among the issues being persued by the committee is whether Trump, Meadows and others knew that a plan to have Vice President Mike Pence submit the alternate slates of presidential electors from seven states was illegal.

According to a transcript of her committee interview, Hutchinson said Meadows and others were directly told by then-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone at a meeting in early December 2020 the plan was not legally sound.

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