Former President Donald Trump attempted to call a member of the White House support staff who was cooperating with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.
Trump contacted the unnamed staffer, whom he did not have regular communication with while at the White House, after Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified before the committee earlier this month, sources told CNN.
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The staffer had the ability to corroborate portions of Hutchinson’s testimony under oath based on their position in the White House. This person was concerned about Trump’s call and informed their attorney.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the panel’s vice chairwoman, initially revealed during Tuesday’s public hearing that Trump had tried to contact a witness talking with the committee after its last meeting on June 28 but did not provide further information. Information about the contact has been turned over to the Department of Justice.
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“Let me say this one more time: We will take any efforts to influence witness testimony very seriously,” Cheney said.