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Cassidy Hutchinson said she saw Mark Meadows burn papers before Capitol riot

Former Trump White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson told the House Select Committee that investigated last year’s Capitol riots until January 6, 2021, that then-Chief Mark Meadows would “once a week. or two,” he said.

In an interview in May, Hutchinson said he saw Meadows burn about a dozen documents during President Donald Trump’s final days in the Oval Office.

“What I mean is once or twice a week. It’s about being able to remember a specific time that you were there,” Hutchinson said in a May 17 deposition. . “Maybe a dozen, maybe a dozen or so, but this is the period from December to mid-January, and that’s also when we started lighting the fireplaces.”

Hutchinson added he did not know if the document was an original or a copy.

The Presidential Records Act requires the chief executive to retain all original copies of the White House.

Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows allegedly burned documents leading to the Capitol riot.
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Shortly after Hutchinson’s May interview, Politico said she had seen the documents go up in smoke after a visit from Rep. reported.

Previously released records show that Hutchinson was asked by Trump supporters and lawyers to provide limited information to a Jan. 6 panel about the weeks in which Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election. claimed to have faced pressure from

“I’m your attorney.” Hutchinson recalled former White House ethics attorney Stephen Passantino, who offered his services earlier this year, told her. Don’t read anything trying to go by memory.Don’t try to put together a timeline.”

Cassidy Hutchinson
Cassidy Hutchinson claimed in a May deposition that the former chief of staff destroyed the documents.
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The panel on Jan. 6 last week decided to refer Trump to the Justice Department on four charges, including obstruction of official process, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make false statements, and aiding riots. voted.

Hutchinson became a national figure when he appeared before a panel to testify on television in June. During that time, she claimed Trump had stolen the steering wheel of the president’s SUV from a Secret Service driver and tried to join the mob at the Capitol.

Before the deposition in May, Hutchinson told committee members that fellow Meadows staffers had told her to “do the right thing” and “protect” both the former chief of staff and the president. .

Rebels will storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Rebels will storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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“Mark wants you to know that he knows you are loyal, that you will do the right thing tomorrow, and that you will protect him and your boss,” Hutchinson said. He knows we are the same team and family.”