Today’s surprise January 6th House Select Committee hearing was absolutely explosive, to say the very least.
This morning’s reports were correct, and this afternoon we saw bombshell testimony from none other than Cassidy Hutchinson, the former White House aide to Trump’s old Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The revelations dropped by Hutchinson in her testimony were thundering, disturbing, and relentless.
But it was the closing statement from Committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney that truly sent a chill down our spine when it comes to the sheer severity of not only what Donald Trump and his people have already done, but what they continue to do as well.
“I want to begin by thanking Ms. Hutchinson for her testimony today. We are all in her debt. Our nation is preserved by those who abide by their oaths to our constitution,” Cheney began her closing statement, following Ms. Hutchinson’s bombshell testimony.
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“Our nation is preserved by those who know the fundamental difference between right and wrong. And I want all Americans to know that what Ms. Hutchinson has done today is not easy. The easy course is to hide from the spotlight, to refuse to come forward, to attempt to downplay or deny what happened.”
“That brings me to a different topic,” Cheney said. “While our committee has seen many witnesses, including many Republicans testify fully and forthrightly, this has not been true of every witness, and we have received evidence of one particular practice that raises significant concern,” raising the serious issue of witness tampering.
“Our committee commonly asks witnesses connected to Mr. Trump’s administration or campaign whether they have been contacted by any of their former colleagues or anyone else who attempted to influence or impact their testimony,” Cheney went on to state.
“Without identifying any of the individuals involved, let me show you a couple of samples of answers we received to this question. First, here’s how one witness described phone calls from people interested in that witness’s testimony,” the vice-chair said, quoting:
What they said to me is as long as I continue to be a team player, they know I’m on the right team, I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting who I need to protect. You know I’ll continue to stay in good graces in Trump world. And they have reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts and just keep that in mind as I proceed through my interviews with the committee.”
“Here’s another sample in a different context. This is a call received by one of our witnesses,” she said, reading another quote:
A person let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”
“I think most Americans know what attempting to influence witnesses to testify untruthfully presents very serious concerns,” Liz Cheney concluded. “We will be discussing these issues as a committee and carefully considering our next steps.”
See the clip here:
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 28, 2022
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