Former President Donald Trump has apparently acknowledged to a Republican leader that he lost the 2020 election before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, it has been revealed.
Trump’s private confession to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy surfaced in an interview former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave to the panel investigating the uprising.
The House selection committee announced Hutchinson’s interview Thursday, the same day they were expected to release their full report on the U.S. Capitol uprising.
Hutchinson recounted multiple phone calls with McCarthy leading up to the attack on the Capitol in her September 14 interview. McCarthy told her he feared then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was not preparing Trump enough to accept the election results.
“What does Mark think?” Hutchinson said McCarthy told her during a phone call between January 2 and January 5, 2021. “He’s giving the president bad advice.”
Trump repeatedly acknowledged his defeat behind closed doors, but would soon change his mind and say there might be a way for him to stay in the Oval Office, Hutchinson said McCarthy told her.
McCarthy said, “I can only imagine that coming from Mark,” said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson also told the Jan. 6 committee that a Trump attorney tried to influence her testimony.
“We just want to focus on protecting the president,” Hutchinson, former Trump White House attorney Stefan Passantino, told her. “We all know you are loyal. Let’s just get you in and out, and this day will be easy, I promise.”
Passantino represented Hutchinson in her early communications with the House panel. Hutchinson was one of the standout witnesses for the commission, which investigated the rebellion for 18 months.
The commission held its final meeting Monday, during which it voted unanimously to release its final report and made four criminal references against Trump to the Justice Department.
Trump wrote after the criminal references on his Truth Social platform: “These people don’t understand that if they come after me, the people who love freedom will gather around me. It strengthens me. What does not kill me makes me stronger.’
As of Thursday night, the commission had not yet released its full 800-page report.
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