Cassidy Hutchinson pressed for details about book deal after bombshell Jan. 6 testimony

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) has sent a letter to key Jan. 6 committee witness Cassidy Hutchinson demanding information about communications with numerous Jan. 6 figures and people related to her book deal.

The Tuesday letter sought to “determine what documents were not properly archived, and assess what documents are necessary to accomplish a productive investigation,” so the GOP-led committee can “understand their [Jan. 6 committee’s] investigative findings.”

The correspondence is a follow-up to a Jan. 8 letter to which Loudermilk said Hutchinson did not provide the necessary communications in her response. 

Some of the communications requested from persons of interest include former Rep. Liz Cheney, the Jan. 6 panel’s vice chairwoman, and several top Trump White House officials. They include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin; former White House deputy chief of staff Anthony Ornato; former White House senior adviser Eric Herschmann; and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Loudermilk finishes the letter by thanking Hutchinson “for your cooperation in this important oversight matter to ensure the security of the U.S. Capitol Building, Members, staff, and visitors.”

Hutchinson, former assistant to Meadows, proved to be a critical witness to the Jan. 6 panel and testified that Trump lunged for the steering wheel of a presidential armored car after Secret Service agents told him he could not go to the Capitol. That account has been disputed, though.

Loudermilk also appears to be interested in Hutchinson’s book Enough, about Jan. 6, with his request for communications related to “potential publishing or book deals or related compensation.”

The Washington Examiner contacted Hutchinson’s legal counsel, William H. Jordan, but did not receive a response.

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“Let me be clear: since Ms. Hutchinson changed counsel, she has and will continue to tell the truth,” Jordan wrote to Loudermilk in January. “While other individuals — often men who occupied more senior roles — would not speak with the Select Committee, Ms. Hutchinson and many other witnesses courageously stepped forward. Yet she now finds herself being questioned by you and your Subcommittee regarding her testimony and on matters that may also be the subject of ongoing criminal proceedings against Mr. Trump.”

“Ms. Hutchinson will not succumb to a pressure campaign from those who seek to silence her and influence her testimony, even when done in the name of ‘oversight,’” Jordan continued.

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