Cassidy Hutchinson told the House Select committee Tuesday that her one-time boss, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, indicated he was interested in receiving a presidential pardon related to Jan. 6.
She also told the panel that Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s former attorney, also expressed similar interest in a pardon.
“Did Mark Meadows ever indicate that he was interested in receiving a presidential pardon related to Jan. 6?” the committee’s Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney asked.
“Yes,” Hutchinson responded.
She responded the same when asked about Giuliani.
Meadows also encouraged Trump to include language about pardoning those who participated in the Jan. 6 riot in his speech the next day – an idea that was rebuffed by then-White House counsel, Hutchinson testified.
Hutchinson effectively served as Meadows’ shadow, according to multiple sources familiar with her role while working for the former White House chief of staff.
Cheney highlighted her level of access at the very beginning of Tuesday’s hearings, saying: “In short, Ms. Hutchinson was in a position to know a great deal about the happenings in the Trump White House.”
Hutchinson has previously testified that several Republican members of Congress had also inquired about a presidential pardon, either for themselves or others, around Jan. 6, 2021.
Giuliani later tweeted his reaction to Hutchinson's testimony.
“Once again the January 6 Committee of ‘Russian Collusion”’ Liars suborned perjury from Cassidy Hutchinson,” he said. “I specifically told President Trump I did not want or need a pardon. I,also,have witnesses to corroborate that she and the Committee are perpetrating yet another lie.”
Giuliani joins a group of pro-Trump allies who have sought to discredit what Hutchinson said today in an attempt to deflect damaging accounts of their own involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Giuliani notably has not responded to CNN request for comment but did post his views on Twitter.