Some news agencies have learned that former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann claims he, not White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, drafted a note discussing a possible statement for President Trump to release during the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
Rep. Liz Cheney displayed a handwritten note that Hutchinson testified she wrote after Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows handed her a note card and pen to take his dictation during a committee hearing on Tuesday, January 6.
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A person with knowledge of the situation claims that Herschmann admitted to writing the note to the committee.
A representative for Eric Herschmann said on Tuesday night that the handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was actually written by Herschmann on January 6, 2021.
“All sources with direct knowledge and law enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann,” the spokesperson said.
During his testimony on Tuesday, Hutchinson said, “That’s a note that I wrote at the direction of the chief of staff on Jan. 6, likely around 3 o’clock.”
“And it’s written on the chief of the staff note card, but that’s your handwriting, Ms. Hutchinson?” Rep. Cheney asked.
This is my handwriting,” Hutchinson said in response.
Former top aide Hutchinson claims that Meadows handed her a note card and pen during the Capitol riot and began dictating a possible statement for Trump to release.
According to Hutchinson, Herschmann suggested revising the statement by adding the words “without legal authority.”
Some reflections on today’s hearing:
Cassidy Hutchinson’s sworn testimony was solid and damning against Trump.
The evidence took us from “everyone knows that Trump knew” (which isn’t actually admissible evidence) to sworn eyewitness testimony, which is admissible.
— Teri Kanefield (@Teri_Kanefield) June 29, 2022
When asked about Herschmann’s claim, a representative from the January 6 committee responded, “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 note memorialized this,” the committee spokesperson said. “But Mr. Trump did not take that action at the time.”
Throughout the June hearings, the Jan. 6 committee relied heavily on Herschmann’s forthright and at times vulgar testimony, such as when the former White House lawyer testified that he refuted a plan by a former Trump Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, to overturn the 2020 election.
A former senior adviser and lawyer in the Trump administration, Herschmann represented the president during his first impeachment trial.
Neither Hutchinson’s lawyer nor Meadows responded to news agencies’ request for comment.
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