Cassidy Hutchinson said she saw Mark Meadows burning newspapers ‘once or twice a week’ before the Capitol riot

Former Trump White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson told the House Select Committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot that she saw the Trump chief of staff. at the time, Mark Meadows, burning documents “once or twice a week” before January 6, 2021.

During an interview in May, Hutchinson said he saw Meadows cremate a dozen newspapers during President Donald Trump’s final days in the Oval Office, according to a transcript released by the panel on Tuesday evening.

“I mean once a week or two — that’s — I can remember specific times when I did it,” Hutchinson said during the May 17 deposition. “Maybe a dozen, maybe a little more than a dozen, but that’s over a period, from December to mid-January as well, that’s when we started to light the chimney.”

Hutchinson added that she did not know if the documents were originals or copies.

The Presidential Archives Act requires the CEO to retain all original White House records.

Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows allegedly burned documents leading to the Capitol riot.
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Shortly after Hutchinson’s interview in May, Politico reported that she once spotted documents going up in smoke after a visit from Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who chairs the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus. .

Previously released transcripts revealed that Hutchinson claimed she was pressured by Trump allies and lawyers to provide limited information to the January 6 panel about the weeks in which Trump attempted to cancel the 2020 elections.

“I am your lawyer. I know what’s best for you,” Hutchinson recalled Stefan Passantino, a former White House ethics lawyer who volunteered his services, telling him earlier this year. “The less you remember, the better. Don’t read anything to try to jog your memory. Don’t try to set timelines.

Cassidy Hutchinson,
Cassidy Hutchinson claimed during her deposition in May that the former chief of staff was destroying documents.
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The Jan. 6 committee voted last week to refer Trump to the Justice Department on four counts, including obstruction of official process, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make a false statement and aid in an insurrection.

Hutchinson became a national figure when she appeared before the panel in June for televised testimony, during which she claimed Trump tried to get behind the wheel of his Secret Service driver’s presidential SUV and join the rioters at the Capitol.

Prior to her deposition in May, Hutchinson also told committee members that another Meadows staffer told her he believed she would “do the right thing” and “protect” both the former chief of staff and president.

Insurgents storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Insurgents storm the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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“Mark wants me to let you know he knows you’re loyal and he knows you’ll do the right thing tomorrow and protect him and the boss,” Hutchinson said, quoting the colleague. “You know, he knows we’re all on the same team and we’re all family.”

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