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One of people who may have been trying to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the behest of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with information gathered by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chairwoman of the committee, brought up two examples of possible witness intimidation at a hearing featuring Hutchinson, who was an aide to Meadows in the Trump White House, earlier this week, without naming a witness or who made contact. Sources now tell CNN that both instances recounted by Cheney were directed at Hutchinson, and that Hutchinson believes the messages were intended to impact her testimony.

In one instance, Cheney said a witness received a call in which someone said: “(A person) let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

Multiple sources now tell CNN the witness was Hutchinson and the “person” referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version projected on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.

Ben Williamson, a spokesperson for Meadows, denied that Meadows or anyone in his “camp” attempted to intimidate Hutchinson or influence her testimony.

“No one from Meadows camp, himself or otherwise, ever sought to intimidate or shape her conversations with the committee,” Williamson told CNN.

The second example cited by the committee Tuesday — a witness statement detailing the pressure campaign from former President Donald Trump’s orbit — also involved Hutchinson, the sources told CNN.

“What they said to me is, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know that I’m on the team. I’m doing the right thing. I’m protecting who I need to protect, you know, I’ll continue to stay in good graces in Trump World,” Cheney said at the hearing, relaying the witness statement that sources now say is Hutchinson. “And they have reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts and just to keep that in mind as I proceed through my depositions and interviews with the committee.”

Since Hutchinson’s testimony, which revealed shocking new details about what Trump was doing in the days leading up to and on January 6, questions have emerged about whether Trump and his allies have put pressure on individuals willing to talk to the committee.

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“I think most Americans know that attempting to influence witnesses to testify untruthfully presents very serious concerns,” Cheney said on Tuesday after presenting the messages. “We will be discussing these issues as a committee, carefully considering our next steps.”

CNN previously reported that at least one of the examples of potential witness intimidation the panel presented at the hearing did, in fact, involve Hutchinson. Politico was first to report that Meadows was the redacted individual referred to in the call to Hutchinson.

Hutchinson did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.

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‘Obstructing Justice on What? You Jerks’: Devin Nunes Rages Day After Report Says Trump Lawyer Told DOJ No More Docs Were at Mar-a-Lago

Devin Nunes, the CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, joined Kash Patel, a former official in the Trump administration, on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News show Sunday for a wild interview, in which all three took aim at the recent FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Bartiromo kicked off the interview by saying, “We have been following these charges of entrapment and bad behavior by the FBI for so many years now,” before introducing her guests.

Patel spoke first and noted that even if Trump had taken classified information to his Florida residence, “Trump, as a sitting president, has the unilateral authority for declassification.”

“He can literally stand over a set of documents and say these are now declassified and that is done with definitive action immediately,” argued Patel.

After a lengthy discussion about Hillary Clinton and the “Russiagate hoax,” Bartiromo then asked Nunes about the Department of Justice convening a grand jury and the fact they “are talking about espionage charges.”

“Yeah, I think that’s another really important point that shouldn’t be lost on the American people today, and that is that they convened a grand jury against the former president of the United States,” Nunes began, adding:

And they went into the grand jury looking at the president for treason as if he’s, And look, if that was the case, if he really was holding these these these documents, these so-called classified documents and documents, we even heard, you know, leaks of nuclear secrets that the president was holding. Well, that’s preposterous. And if that was true, you should have sent, they should have immediately sent and made this public and sent FBI agents around Mar-a-Lago if the nuclear secrets were really there.

“But the fact that they convened a grand jury to accuse a president, again, this look, this is the second time, this never stopped. Remember, back in 15 and 16 is when they started first saying that he was colluding with Russians and Vladimir Putin and Republicans were all colluding with the Russians. They went to a grand jury with that,” Nunes raged.

“So so once again, this is a continued investigation of Trump and the Republican Party. It’s basically an investigation in search of a crime. And then conveniently, they brought back the Mueller witch hunt argument that ‘Oh, my God, he’s he’s obstructing justice,’” he continued.

“Obstructing justice on what? you jerks! Stuff that you had you had planted on an investigation that you basically created out of whole cloth. And I think that’s what we’re dealing with. The American people need to pay attention to it,” Nunes concluded, parroting the baseless accusation the FBI planted the classified material at Mar-a-Lago that they recovered in the search.

Nunes’s remarks come a day after the New York Times reported that one of Trump’s lawyers sent the DOJ a letter in June saying all classified material at Mar-a-Lago had been returned. The revelation of the letter underpins the potential need for the search to retrieve the documents as Trump and his team were working to retain them by denying their existence.

The Times explained Saturday, how this revelation could explain the DOJ’s search warrant referring to a possible violation regarding obstruction of justice:

The existence of the signed declaration, which has not previously been reported, is a possible indication that Mr. Trump or his team were not fully forthcoming with federal investigators about the material. And it could help explain why a potential violation of a criminal statute related to obstruction was cited by the department as one basis for seeking the warrant used to carry out the daylong search of the former president’s home on Monday, an extraordinary step that generated political shock waves.

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