Meadows, Giuliani push back on seeking of pardons: Jan. 6 live updates

WASHINGTON – Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021, are calling for more Trump administration witnesses to testify, to build on evidence and testimony already collected, including bombshell revelations Tuesday from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

The latest on the Jan. 6 investigations:

  • Cheney again calls on Cipollone to talk: The Jan. 6 committee’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., called at the end of the last two hearings for former White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify because he was in a key position to know how former President Donald Trump prepared for Jan. 6 and how he reacted to the attack.
  • Committee chair made plea to potential witnesses: In a closing statement, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told potential witnesses, “if you’ve suddenly remembered things you forgot, or gained some courage … our door is open.”
  • What’s next for the committee?: The committee has not scheduled another hearing. Tuesday’s was the sixth in a series on the committee’s findings.

Cassidy Hutchinson’s ‘combustible’ testimony:Surprise Jan. 6 witness, quietly drops bombshells

Mark Meadows, Rudy Giuliani deny seeking pardons from Donald Trump

Two former Donald Trump aides – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and attorney Rudy Giuliani – are pushing back on an official’s testimony that they sought preemptive pardons for actions around the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

“Meadows never sought a pardon and never planned to,” said spokesman Ben Williamson.

Giuliani tweeted: “I specifically told President Trump I didn’t want or need a pardon.”

During explosive testimony Tuesday, former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson listed him and Giuliani as two of a number of officials who sought pardons from Trump before he left office.

“Mr. Meadows did seek that pardon,” she told the Jan. 6 investigation committee.

– David Jackson


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