It looks like the brave testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson — the aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows who appeared before the House Select Committee on January 6th last week — has inspired other witnesses to come forward to volunteer their own stories that may be of interest to the committee. Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told CNN anchor Dana Bash on State of The Union that a number of new witnesses have contacted the committee since Hutchinson’s blockbuster televised public testimony last week.
“This happens every day,” Kinzinger told Bash. “Every day we get new people that come forward and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t think maybe this piece of the story that I knew was important.’ … I do see this plays in here.”
Hutchinson had testified three other times before the committee, but it was only after she hired her own legal team and dropped the lawyers provided and paid for by a Trump-associated PAC that she revealed the most damaging details of what she witnessed while she worked closely alongside Mark Meadows.
Her sworn testimony that Donald Trump knew that at least some of his followers were armed on January 6th and that the former president wanted the metal detectors removed from the entrance of his “Stop the Steal” rally provided the committee — and hopefully the Department of Justice — with a crucial detail about Trump’s state of mind and his possible intentions on that fateful insurrection day.
While Kinzinger specifically mentions that new people were approaching the committee to provide their own stories of what happened in the run-up to the January 6th insurrection, Hutchinson’s testimony may also inspire some of the people who have already given testimony that was elusive, incomplete, or false to re-approach the committee to supplement their earlier testimony to cover their buts now that they know more about what the committee has discovered.
They may have been inspired by Committee Chair Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) who in his closing remarks after Hutchinson’s last appearance offered those witnesses whose memories seemed inadequate when they appeared before the committee the opportunity to supplement their earlier testimony with newly refreshed memories.
“But after hearing your testimony in all its candor and detail, I want to speak directly to the handful of witnesses who have been outliers in our investigation. The small number who have defied us outright, those whose memories have failed them again and again on the most important details, and to those who fear Donald Trump and his enablers,” Thompson said..
“Because of this courageous woman and others like her, your attempt to hide the truth from the American people will fail. And to that group of witnesses, if you’ve heard this testimony today and suddenly you remember things you couldn’t previously recall, or there are some details you’d like to clarify, or you discovered some courage you had hidden away somewhere, our doors remain open,” he generously offered.
It’s amazing how some people who claimed not to recall much about the events surrounding January 6th may suddenly find their recollections refreshed.
The general public will find out when the committee resumes its televised public hearings later this month.
In the meantime, you can watch a clip of Congressman Adan Kinzinger’s appearance on CNN‘s State of the Union in the video below.
"Every day we get new people that come forward" –@RepKinzinger says the January 6 committee expects to hear from new witnesses after Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony and to "stay tuned." @CNNSotu #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/2XLJ9iVa5I
— CNN (@CNN) July 3, 2022
Original reporting by Zack Schonfeld at The Hill.