Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who had been the Democrats’ star witness at the Jan. 6 congressional hearings, made substantial revisions to her statements and the information she had supplied in transcribed interviews with the U.S. House of Representatives reaching back to February 2022.
These revisions had been kept secret from the American public.
The 15-page errata sheet, which was recently discovered by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), contains substantial revisions to Hutchinson’s narrative of pivotal incidents surrounding the Capitol riot, Just the News reported.
These include, among other things, whether guns were present at the Washington D.C. rally preceding the riot on January 6, 2021, and her knowledge of a meeting where chants allegedly urging to “Hang Mike Pence” were allegedly uttered.
A digital signature indicating Hutchinson’s approval of the revisions was included on the errata sheet.
According to attorneys, congressional witnesses often get errata sheets, but these documents often just include typos or technical issues. It seems that Hutchinson makes substantial revisions to her narrative in her errata sheet dated September 12, 2022, according to the experts who analyzed it.
“These aren’t ‘corrections.’ They constitute entirely new testimony that should be subjected to cross examination,” Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz told Just the News.
As reported by John Solomon, the former staff director for the House Oversight national security subcommittee during its investigations into the Clinton White House and the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s, stated that Hutchison’s errata were unprecedented in his legal career and could pose a problem in upcoming criminal trials in Georgia and the District of Columbia involving allegations pertaining to January 6th against Donald Trump and others.
“It throws into serious question the credibility of both the witness and the committee and the information she has related to the committee,” Charles said. “And it looks like an attempt to manipulate the written record in a way that wasn’t supported by the original testimony.”
In her newly published book, Hutchinson admitted that, prior to switching counsel, she had omitted some material from the House Jan. 6 committee. Her former lawyer, Stefan Passantino, was accused by the committee in its December 2022 final report of coaching or influencing her testimony to remain loyal to Trump. Passantino has strongly refuted the allegations.
“Before retaining my new lawyers, at times I had told less than the whole truth to a congressional committee charged with investigating a matter of the highest national importance, a matter that posed a threat to America’s future greatness,” Hutchinson wrote in her memoir Enough. “I had withheld information about events that I had witnessed or that had been recounted to me by witnesses.”
Recently, the errata sheet and other documents were retrieved by the House Administration Committee Oversight subcommittee headed by Rep. Loudermilk.
Cassidy Hutchinson is cooperating with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in her grand jury investigation of former President Donald Trump‘s effort to overturn the 2020 election.
Hutchinson made a number of sensational, and highly dubious, claims during her public hearing in the midst of the anti-Trump J6 committee hearings.
Among other claims, she said that Trump, upon learning that his security detail could not transport him to the Capitol after his rally on January 6, 2021, attempted to seize the steering wheel of the SUV he was riding in and lunged at his detail.
Trump subsequently disputed that colorful account in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said that he wanted to go down to the Capitol peacefully but that the Secret Service warned him that it would be better if he didn’t.
“I didn’t have a dispute with them. You know, you had that one person said I grabbed the man around the neck. Actually, I wish I was so strong to be able to do that,” Trump said, adding that Hutchinson’s story was “the craziest account I’ve ever heard.”
“You mean that I was in ‘The Beast,’ and she said I was in ‘The Beast,’ and the Secret Service didn’t want — so I took a guy who was, like, a black belt in karate and grabbed his neck and tried to choke him — how ridiculous,” he added.
“The Secret Service said, ‘Sir, it would be better if you didn’t.’ I said, ‘I’d love to do it.’ They said, ‘It would be better.’ And so we went back to the White House,” Trump said.
Republicans now want video evidence of Cassidy Hutchinson’s deposition to assess the veracity of the transcript and the fidelity of her account.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Chair of the House Administration Oversight subcommittee, made the astonishing revelation that her witness deposition had disappeared, along with others, on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show on Thursday night.
“All of the videotapes of all depositions are gone,” he confirmed.
“[A]ccording to House rules, you have to preserve any data and information and documents that are used in an official proceeding, which they did. They actually aired portions of these tapes on their televised hearings, which means they had to keep those. But yet he chose not to,” Loudermilk added. “I believe they exist somewhere. We’ve just got to find where all these videos are.”
The January 6 committee’s “investigation” is appearing to be less credible by the day. However, its recommendation that Donald Trump be indicted for his lawful 2020 election challenges is looking increasingly like election interference, given that the Justice department is undertaking a number of prosecutions against the former president for an alleged “high crime and misdemeanor” for which he was exonerated under the previous Congress.