Donald Trump was warned that his Cabinet considered invoking the 25th Amendment: Cassidy Hutchinson
Former President Donald Trump was aware on Jan. 7, 2021 that his Cabinet was discussing removing him from office if he did not address the violent insurrection that he incited on the 6th.
Ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson first revealed this during her deposition before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol last week.
But at the bipartisan panel's emergency sixth public hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Committee Vice-Chair Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) presented additional details about the warnings that Trump had received from multiple department secretaries.
Then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "reached out to have the conversation" with Trump's White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows "because he hadn't heard the conversations about the Cabinet secretaries. And from what I understand it was more of a, 'this is what I'm hearing. I want you to be aware of it, but I also think it's worth putting on your radar because you are the chief of staff and you are technically the boss of all the Cabinet secretaries and if the conversation progressed, you should be ready to take action on it. I'm concerned for you and your positioning with this,'" Hutchinson said under oath.
According to Hutchinson, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as Meadows asked Trump for clemency.
Hutchinson recalled that Trump "didn't think he needed to do anything more on the 7th than what he had already done on the 6th," referring to a video address that Trump posted hours after the assault in which he instructed his followers to "go home in peace."
She also explained that crucial passages in the speech that she had drafted for Trump were significantly edited out. Instead of pledging to hold the rioters accountable, Hutchinson said, Trump "wanted to potentially pardon them." Trump, she continued, believed that "they didn't do anything wrong. The person who did something wrong that day was [Vice President] Mike Pence by not staying with him."
Hutchinson noted that it was individuals within Trump's immediate orbit – Meadows, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Oval Office adviser Eric Herschmann, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Deputy White House Counsel Pat Philbin, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany – who ultimately informed the president that "there's a large concern about the 25th Amendment potentially being invoked and there were concerns about what would potentially happen in the Senate if the 25th was invoked. So the primary reason other than what I had heard other than 'we did not do enough on the 6th, we need to get a stronger message out there and condemn this otherwise this will be your legacy.'"
Hutchinson then added, based on what she heard, that "the secondary reason to that was, 'think about what might happen in the final 15 days of your presidency if we don't do this. There's already talks about invoking the 25th Amendment. You need this as cover.'"
\u201cHutchinson on aides urging Trump to put out a statement on Jan. 7: "The secondary reason to that was, 'Think about what might happen in the final 15 days of your presidency if we don't do this. There's already talks about invoking the 25th Amendment. You need this as cover.'"\u201d— CSPAN (@CSPAN) 1656444848