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Jan 6 hearing today: Meadows helps to testify at surprise hearing as Trump lawyer’s phone seized by FBI

‘The lie hasn’t gone away’: Jan 6 committee chairman says Trump threat to elections is ongoing

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’s top aide Cassidy Hutchinson is reportedly expected to testify before the committee investigating the 6 January attacks at the Capitol.

Ms Hutchinson has already provided information to the committee behind closed doors, sitting with the investigators over the span of three separate interviews. She would be the first White House employee to testify publicly before the committee.

The committee had announced a surprise extra hearing that will contain new evidence of Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty”.

“The final hearing will cover what the president was doing and more importantly, what he was not doing as we were being attacked,” Rep Adam Schiff told NBC’s Meet the Press On Sunday.

The latest round of the highly watched inquiry will take place at 1pm ET on Tuesday, 28 June.

Previously, the special congressional committee had no more planned hearings until lawmakers returned from their 4 July recess.

The final hearing will bring to a close a month that featured five other days packed with shocking testimony before the committee.

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Committee members meet in secure location ahead of surprise hearing

Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 5:40 p.m.

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‘More people are watching reruns on the Cartoon Network,’ GOP Rep says

Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 5:20 p.m.

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‘She had a front row seat to nearly everything for a long period of time’

Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News tweeted ahead of Tuesday’s surprise January 6 Committee hearing that “Trump world people are certain to say that [Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows top aide Cassidy] Hutchinson was a low-level staffer who did not know anything”.

“This couldn’t be farther from the truth. She had a front row seat to nearly everything for a long period of time,” he added.

“She was a very close Meadows aide who also worked with Capitol Hill on the [legislative] business side. She very much was on the inside. Her testimony will be very, very interesting,” he wrote.

Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 4:55 p.m.

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Conservative commentator praises Hutchinson for showing ‘public spirit, integrity, and courage’

Conservative political commentator Bill Kristol, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle between 1989 and 1993, praised Cassidy Hutchinson for stepping forward.

“I don’t know what Cassidy Hutchinson will say today. But by agreeing to step forward and testify under oath, this young woman is showing far more public spirit, integrity, and courage than many of her well-established elders who have chosen a far easier and less honorable path,” he tweeted.

Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 4:30 p.m.

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What time is today’s surprise Jan 6 hearing and where can I watch it?

The House select committee investigating the attempted insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 has announced a previously unscheduled public hearing.

The bipartisan committee, chaired by Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, is examining precisely what caused a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters, led on by the 45th president’s “Big Lie” alleging electoral fraud, to storm the legislative complex as part of a misguided attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

In a surprise move on Monday, it revealed it would be staging its sixth and latest session at 1pm EST (6pm GMT) on Tuesday afternoon.

The committee had previously said it would not resume hearings until mid-July as it required additional time to review new documentary footage submitted by filmmaker Alex Holder containing previously unseen scenes of Mr Trump and his family shot on the campaign trail in 2020, as well as National Archives records and tips called in by members of the public.

Its star witness this time will reportedly be Cassidy Hutchinson, according to CNN.

Joe SommerladJune 28, 2022 4:05 p.m.

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Cassidy Hutchinson: Who is ex-Meadows aide testifying before January 6 committee?

The star witness at Tuesday’s last-minute House January 6 select committee hearing won’t be a top-level Trump confidante such as ex-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone or former vice president Mike Pence.

Instead, the panel will reportedly hear testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, who ended the Trump administration as a special assistant to the president assigned as then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ assistant.

Ms Hutchinson, who began her tenure in the Trump White House as an intern with the Office of Legislative Affairs in March 2019, is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and previously interned with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip .

The ex-White House aide has become one of the select committee’s most productive witness over the course of multiple interviews. At the panel’s fifth hearing last week, an excerpt from one of her previous depositions revealed that Representatives Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert and Scott Perry were among the Republican members of Congress who asked President Donald Trump to insulate them from future prosecutions by granting them presidential pardons in the days immediately following the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January last year.

Andrew FeinbergJune 28, 2022 3:40 p.m.

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Former top GOP House staffer says Meadows would insist Hutchinson was in ‘every’ meeting ‘no matter how small’

Brendan Buck spent 12 years on Capitol Hill, serving two Republican House Speakers – John Boehner and Paul Ryan.

On Tuesday morning, he tweeted: “I don’t know Cassidy Hutchinson, and I can’t speak to how things worked at the White House, but when Meadows was on the Hill he always insisted that she be in *every* meeting he had, no matter how small . It was odd then, and doesn’t seem to be working out for him now.”

Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 3:20 p.m.

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Top Meadows helps spoke to panel about possible mass DOJ resignations

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Michael Stenger: Everything we know about the late former Senate security chief

Stenger’s death, first reported by Fox News, comes as a House select committee continues its public hearings investigating precisely what caused a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters, led on by the 45th president’s “Big Lie” alleging electoral fraud, to storm the legislative complex as part of a misguided attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory on that fateful day last winter.

Stenger was heavily criticized in the immediate aftermath of the attack after it emerged that he and his counterpart for the House of Representatives, Paul Irving, had repeatedly declined offers from the US National Guard to intervene as the MAGA loyalists smashed through barriers and charged the Capitol , leaving badly outnumbered police officers to fend for themselves and placing lawmakers and staffers in fear for their lives.

He resigned from his post a day later – as did Mr Irving and Capitol Police chief Steven Sund – with the trio blasted by then-Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

“The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them,” Mr McConnell said on 7 January 2021.

Joe SommerladJune 28, 2022 2:45 p.m.

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Jan 6 lawyer says committee hearings have ‘poisoned’ DC jury pool

The defense lawyer for January 6 defendant Robert Morss has claimed that the committee hearings have poisoned the DC jury pool.

“The Committee has spoon fed to the entire nation a precisely choreographed rendition of January 6th defendants as insurrectionists and murderous orchestrators of an attempted coup,” the lawyer wrote in a legal filing.

The attorney also said the defendant “seeks discovery of pertaining to possible collusion between the Committee and the Executive Branch, specifically the Department of Justice”.

Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 2:30 p.m.

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