• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

Cassidy Hutchinson says she initially lied to the January 6 committee about a claim that Trump grabbed the steering wheel of his SUV and lunged at a Secret Service agent

Cassidy Hutchinson testifies in a House Capitol-riot hearing on June 28 in Washington, DC. Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesCassidy Hutchinson testifies in a House Capitol-riot hearing on June 28 in Washington, DC. Brandon Bell/Getty Images
  • Cassidy Hutchinson said she lied in her original deposition to the House Capitol-riot committee.
  • She said she initially told the panel she hadn’t heard of Trump lunging at a Secret Service agent.
  • But soon after her deposition, she said she told her attorney, “I lied, I lied, I lied.” 

Cassidy Hutchinson—a former aide in the Trump administration and an essential witness during the Capitol assault investigation on January 6th 2021—admitted that she had lied in her deposition about whether or not she heard reports of Trump lunging at a Secret Service agent inside his presidential SUV on the day of the riot.

In the recently published testimonies, Hutchinson revealed that Stefan Passantino – her attorney with ties to Trump- had forced her to provide false statements in regards to how much information she was aware of.

“The committee doesn’t know what you can and can’t recall, so we want to be able to use that as much as we can unless you really, really remember something very clearly,” Hutchinson said Passantino told her. 

Hutchinson declared she acted in accordance with her lawyer’s counsel. When interrogated about a reported incident on January 6th where the president allegedly lunged at a Secret Service agent for not taking him to the Capitol alongside demonstrators, Hutchinson emphatically stated that she “had never heard anything about that.”

Following the deposition, in a separate testimony to the committee, she confessed that she had broken down while speaking with Passantino out of fear that her previous words amounted to nothing but lies.

“Stefan, I’m fucked. I just lied,” Hutchinson said she told Passantino. “I lied, I lied, I lied.”

In a subsequent deposition, Hutchinson confessed that she felt immense guilt for having been dishonest in her initial testimony to the committee.

“Stefan, I feel really guilty and bad about not answering some questions today,” she said she told her counsel.

“Stefan, I’m fucked. I just lied,” Hutchinson said she told Passantino. “I lied, I lied, I lied.”

In a subsequent deposition, Hutchinson confessed that she felt immense guilt for having been dishonest in her initial testimony to the committee.

“Stefan, I feel really guilty and bad about not answering some questions today,” she said she told her counsel.

Hutchinson wholeheartedly apologized for her mistakes with the committee.

“I know my history with the committee, and I am sorry that it took so long to get to this place,” she told Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the committee. “I do accept responsibility for it. I’m not pinning blame on everybody else but myself.”

In a solidified statement, Passantino vehemently denied any allegations of wrongdoings.

“As with all my clients during my 30 years of practice, I represented Ms. Hutchinson honorably, ethically, and fully consistent with her sole interests as she communicated them to me,” Passantino said. “I believed Ms. Hutchinson was being truthful and cooperative with the Committee throughout the several interview sessions in which I represented her.”

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