- Cassidy Hutchinson said she lied in her initial deposition to the House of Representatives Riot Committee.
- She initially told the panel that she had not heard of Trump lashing out at a Secret Service agent.
- However, shortly after the deposition, she told her attorney, “I lied, I lied, I lied.”
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to the Trump administration and a key witness at the House Select Committee hearings on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, initially questioned whether she heard President Donald Trump speak. He said he lied to the panel in his deposition. On the day of the riot, he ran into a Secret Service agent in the president’s SUV.
In a newly released deposition, Hutchinson said she was coerced by her attorney, Stefan Passantino, who is affiliated with Trump, to mislead her about the amount of information she knew.
“The committee doesn’t know what you can and can’t remember, so unless you really, really remember something very clearly, we want to make it available to you as much as possible. I think.
Hutchinson said he followed his lawyer’s advice. On Jan. 6, when asked about the moment when the president allegedly rammed a member of the Secret Service in the president’s SUV for not taking him to the Capitol with protesters, she told the panel. “I hadn’t heard anything,” he said. ”
After the deposition, she told the commission in another deposition that she broke down in front of Passantino out of fear that she had lied to the commission.
“Stefan, I’m a mess. I just lied,” Hutchinson told Pasantino. “Lied, lied, lied.”
In a subsequent deposition, Hutchinson told the commission that he continues to be racked with guilt after not being completely honest with the commission in his initial deposition.
“Stefan, I feel really guilty and bad for not answering some of your questions today,” she told her attorney.
Hutchinson also apologized for his mistakes with the commission.
“I know my history with the Commission, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get to this place,” she told Rep. Liz Cheney, the commission’s vice chair. I take responsibility, I don’t hold other people responsible, I hold myself accountable.”
Passantino denied any wrongdoing in a statement to Insider.
Passantino told the insider, “Like all clients I have worked with for 30 years, I will treat Ms. Hutchinson honorably, ethically, and fully in line with the sole interests she communicated to me. “I believe that Mr. Hutchinson has been honest and supportive with the Commission throughout the several interview sessions that I have conducted on his behalf.”