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Former White House Lawyer Eric Herschmann claims that former White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson lied during her testimony before the January 6th Committee.
What Happened: Former Trump White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave highly salacious testimony to the January 6th Committee this past week. Among the claims are allegations that former President Donald J. Trump wanted to attend the January 6th riot himself and that he threw a tantrum over Attorney General William Barr’s AP interview.
Here is the short version of Cassidy Hutchinson’s claims:
- Trump knew his supporters had weapons and encouraged them to march on the Capitol. Hutchinson claimed that Trump was informed that his supporters were armed to the teeth and that he still encouraged them to go to the Capitol building despite this.
- Trump attempted to take the steering wheel of his presidential limousine from a Secret Service agent, almost starting a physical altercation. Cassidy Hutchinson claimed that Trump said, “I’m the f**king president. Take me up to the Capitol now,” to Robert Engel before attempting to take control of the presidential limousine.
- As a reaction to Attorney General William Barr’s interview with AP, Trump threw his lunch at the wall inside the White House. Hutchinson later claimed that Trump would regularly throw dishes in the White House.
- Trump did not want to call off protesters at the January 6th Capitol Riot. Hutchinson claimed that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said, “He doesn’t want to do anything, Pat,” while speaking to former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
- Cassidy Hutchinson claimed that she wrote a note that said, “anyone who entered the Capitol without proper authority should leave immediately.” This note was allegedly handed to Hutchinson by Mark Meadows along with a pen so she could take his dictation.
What Claim Does Herschmann Take Issue With: A spokesperson for Eric Herschmann put out a statement saying that it was, in fact, Herschmann who wrote the note that Cassidy Hutchinson claimed she wrote.
“The handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was written by Eric Herschmann on January 6th, 2021,” the spokesperson for Herschman told ABC News. “All sources with direct knowledge and law enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann,” the spokesperson continued.
Cassidy Hutchinson claimed under oath that she wrote the note and, when prompted by Republican Representative Liz Cheney, said, “That’s my handwriting.”
Response from the January 6th Committee: A spokesperson for the January 6th Committee came out in a statement claiming that they found “Ms. Hutchinson’s account of this matter credible.”
“The Committee has done its diligence on this and found Ms. Hutchinson’s account of this matter credible. While we understand that she and Mr. Herschmann may have differing recollections of who wrote the note, what’s ultimately important is that both White House officials believed that the President should have immediately instructed his supporters to leave the Capitol building,” the January 6th Committee spokesperson said.
Relevance: Attorney Eric Herschmann is a widely respected figure in Washington D.C. who had come out of an early retirement to work with the Trump administration. If Herschmann did write the note that Hutchinson claimed she wrote, then this throws her credibility into question.
Other Disputed Claims: The Daily Wire has reported that the Secret Service is allegedly expected to push back on Hutchinson’s claims.
CNN reported that “a Secret Service official familiar with the matter told CNN that Tony Ornato denies telling Cassidy Hutchinson that the former president grabbed the steering wheel or an agent on his detail.”
John Santucci, an executive editorial producer at ABC, came out on Twitter to suggest that the Secret Service will also push back on the claims.
New: Source close to the Secret Service tells @PierreTABC to expect the Secret Service to push back against any allegation of an assault against an agent or President Trump reaching for the steering wheel.
— John Santucci (@Santucci) June 28, 2022
Reaction: Political strategist Arthur Schwartz came out in a statement on Twitter saying, “Cassidy lied through her teeth, and Liz Cheney knew she was lying.”
Anyone that has ever worked with Eric Herschmann knows that the handwriting on that note is his. Cassidy lied through her teeth and Liz Cheney knew she was lying.
Trump White House attorney disputes Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony about handwritten notehttps://t.co/Jct1dDsN2W
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) June 29, 2022
An investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Josh Dawsey, expressed confusion on Twitter over the January 6th Committee’s refusal to play Secret Service testimony that could corroborate or dispute Cassidy Hutchinson’s claims.
Here's the thing. The committee has Secret Service testimony that would seemingly corroborate or dispute what Cassidy Hutchinson said today, but it wasn't played. Unclear why.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 28, 2022