Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson cooperates with DOJ investigation


Trump’s former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson is cooperating with the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into conspiracies to overturn the 2020 election, a source familiar with the discussions confirmed to CNN.

The extent of this cooperation is unclear.

The Justice Department declined to comment. A lawyer for Hutchinson did not respond to a request for comment.

The criminal investigation into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 and attempts to disrupt the transfer of power between the Trump and Biden administrations is the largest in Justice Department history.

The agency has already brought two top Pence aides before a federal grand jury, a move that signals its investigation has reached inside former President Donald Trump’s White House and that investigators are examining conduct directly related to the efforts of Trump and his closest allies. overturn the 2020 elections.

Hutchinson has largely cooperated with the House Select Committee’s investigation into the attack on the U.S. Capitol, having sat for four closed-door depositions. She revealed how Trump and his entourage were warned of the potential for violence on January 6 and how Trump wanted to join the crowd of his supporters on Capitol Hill.

His testimony reinforced the narrative the committee is committed to: that Trump instigated and supported the insurgency as part of a desperate power grab to steal a second term, and that many of his top advisers believed his schemes were illegal.

The Justice Department has also contacted other Trump White House officials regarding the Capitol attack, said Alyssa Farah Griffin, former White House communications director during the Trump administration.

Farah Griffin, now a CNN political commentator, told CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday that she had not been contacted by the Justice Department, but was “aware that other White House officials have been contacted by the DOJ and are considering cooperating.”

“I don’t want to preempt their announcements, but I think you could piece it all together based on who testified before the January 6 committee. Again, these are not – these are related but separate investigations and I think DOJ is keeping tabs on who is coming before January 6th who may have useful information,” she said.

This story was updated with additional information on Wednesday.

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