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Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has said Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony at the Jan. 6 hearings last week inspired more witnesses to come forward and the committee is getting more evidence every day.
The panel is investigating the events surrounding the 2021 attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters. Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the panel who have released explosive testimony about the insurrection and an apparent plot to subvert the 2020 election, which was won by Joe Biden.
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Last week, Hutchinson, a former senior adviser to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, gave sworn testimony that portrayed the former president as a violent and unstable figure desperately seeking to cling to power.
“There will be a lot more information and stay tuned,” Kinzinger told CNN’s State of the Union co-anchor. dana bash. “Every day, we have new people come forward and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t think maybe this part of a story I knew was important, but now I see how this works here.'”
Kinzinger also dismissed doubts raised about Hutchinson’s testimony, including from Secret Service sources who have disputed his account that Trump tried to grab the wheel of the presidential van when the Secret Service refused to let him go to Capitol Hill after the rally.
Robert Engel and Tony Ornato, the Secret Service agents who were in the car, are reportedly set to testify that Trump did not assault them and did not try to grab the wheel.
“We would certainly say that Cassidy Hutchinson testified under oath,” Kinzinger said. “We find her credible, and anyone who wants to discredit that, that she was present firsthand, should also testify under oath and not through anonymous sources.”
At least two more hearings are scheduled for this month aimed at proving that Trump unlawfully led a violent mob into the Capitol and failed to order his supporters to stop once the siege began.
In a separate interview, another committee member, Congressman Adam Schiff, said: “Certainly there is more information coming out…we are following up on additional leads. I think those clues will lead to new testimonies.”
Schiff added that part of the reason the committee wanted Hutchinson to testify would be to encourage others to do so as well. “We hoped it would cause others to step up, seeing their courage would inspire them to show the same kind of courage,” she said.
While Trump is reportedly considering running for 2024 as early as this month, a tactic many believe to avoid potential criminal charges, Schiff also responded to comments by Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney that criminal references could result from hearings
“For four years, the justice department took the position that a sitting president cannot be impeached. If the department now took the position that a former president cannot be investigated or charged, then a president would be above the law,” Schiff said. “That is a very dangerous idea that the founders would never have subscribed to.”