The January 6th select committee has undoubtedly been keenly aware of the optics of their work, even going so far as to hire a former ABC television executive to produce some of their alleged “bombshell” hearings.
The whole idea was to be sensational, really, and this was achieved through a number of curated public interrogations that sough to portray former President Donald Trump as some sort of insurrectionist, hellbent on destroying American democracy.
In one of these moments of salacious political theater, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson suggested that Trump, after his speech on January 6th, 2021, attempted to force a Secret Service driver to take him to the Capitol, and that the then-President “lunged” at him when his request wasn’t granted.
Now, by Hutchinson’s own admission, she’s told this story to the committee in two very different ways.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide in the Trump administration and a key witness in the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack’s hearings, said she initially lied to the committee in a deposition about whether she’d heard about President Donald Trump’s lunging at a Secret Service agent in the presidential SUV on January 6, 2020.Trending:
In her newly-released depositions with the committee, Hutchinson explained that she was coerced by her Trump-aligned attorney, Stefan Passantino, to mislead them on how much information she actually knew.
“The committee doesn’t know what you can and can’t recall, so we want to be able to use that as much as we can unless you really, really remember something very clearly,” Hutchinson said Passantino told her.
Hutchinson’s flip flop was a dramatic one.
In a later deposition, Hutchinson told the committee she continued to be wracked with guilt after not being entirely truthful to the committee in her first deposition.
“Stefan, I feel really guilty and bad about not answering some questions today,” she said she told her counsel.
Hutchinson also apologized for her missteps with the committee.
“I know my history with the committee, and I am sorry that it took so long to get to this place,” she told Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the committee. “I do accept responsibility for it. I’m not pinning blame on everybody else but myself.”
The revelation has decimated Hutchinson’s credibility as a witness, once again throwing cold water on the work of the J6 committee as a whole.