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Top Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson to testify at Jan. 6 hearing

In recorded testimony presented last week, the former aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said a group of GOP lawmakers had sought pardons in the wake of the riot.
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Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as a senior aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is expected to testify Tuesday at a last-minute hearing scheduled by the Jan. 6 committee, three sources tell NBC News.

In recorded testimony presented last week, Hutchinson told investigators that a group of GOP lawmakers had sought presidential pardons following the insurrection at the Capitol, including Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Mo Brooks of Alabama.

Hutchinson and her attorney did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

Punchbowl News was the first to report Hutchinson as the expected witness.

Hutchinson, who was in the West Wing on Jan. 6., 2021, and with Trump during his speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally on the Ellipse, has told the committee that Meadows was explicitly warned about potential violence on Jan. 6. She has also said the White House Counsel’s Office repeatedly told those discussing alternate slates of electors that their plans were not legally sound — including to Meadows, Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani’s associates.

The panel unexpectedly announced Monday that it would hold a hearing Tuesday to present new evidence and hear witness testimony, but did not specify who would be offering testimony like it did for previous hearings.

The committee had previously said it would take a break on its presentation of evidence to the public until mid-July.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET, according to an advisory the committee sent out Monday.