Trump Defended 'Hang Mike Pence' Chants, Witness Cassidy Hutchinson Says

6/29/2022 10:21:00 PM

The witness remembers White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows expressing that Trump 'thinks Mike deserves it.'

Liz Cheney: “As rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” the president of the United States, Donald Trump, said that, quote, “Mike deserves it,” and that those rioters were not doing anything wrong.”

The witness remembers White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows expressing that Trump 'thinks Mike deserves it.'

CASSIDYHUTCHINSON:A couple minutes later, so likely around between 2:15 and 2:25 — I know the tweet went out at 2:24. I don’t remember if I was there when the tweet went out or if it happened right afterwards. But Jim had called. I answered the phone, said, “One second.” He knew it was — I guess he knew it was — and I introduced myself, but I — I don’t remember if he called my cellphone or if he had called one of Mark’s. But I answered the phone and said, “One sec. Mark’s down the hall. I’m going to go hand the phone to him.” He said, “OK.”

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CASSIDY HUTCHINSON : A couple minutes later, so likely around between 2:15 and 2:25 — I know the tweet went out at 2:24. I don’t remember if I was there when the tweet went out or if it happened right afterwards. 6, 2021, riot at the U. But Jim had called. During Thursday’s Jan. I answered the phone, said, “One second. Capitol by a violent pro-Trump mob.” He knew it was — I guess he knew it was — and I introduced myself, but I — I don’t remember if he called my cellphone or if he had called one of Mark’s. NBC News has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.

But I answered the phone and said, “One sec. When former President Donald Trump heard his supporters chanting"hang Mike Pence" during the Jan., revealed that then-President Donald Trump and attorney John Eastman knew it would be illegal for then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Mark’s down the hall. I’m going to go hand the phone to him. The jaw-dropping remarks came during the sixth public hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan.” He said, “OK.” So I went down.S.

I asked the valet if Mark was in the dining room. The valet said, “Yes. Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, in sworn testimony recounted her experience witnessing Meadows and another top official, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, discussing Trump's reaction as the riot unfolded.” I opened the door to the dining room, briefly stepped in to get Mark’s attention, showed him the phone, like flipped the phone his way so he could see it said Jim Jordan. He had stepped to where I was standing there holding the door open, took the phone, talking to Jim with the door still propped open. Get the NBC 7 San Diego app for. So I took a few steps back.

So I probably was two feet from Mark. He was standing in the doorway going into the Oval Office dining room. They had a brief conversation. And in the crossfires — you know, I heard briefly, like, what they were talking about, but in the background I had heard conversations in the Oval dining room at that point talking about the “Hang Mike Pence” chants. REP .