Trump White House lawyer questions Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on handwritten memo

Former White House attorney Eric Hirschman claims that a handwritten note relating to a possible statement by then-President Donald Trump for his release during the January 6 attack on the Capitol was written during a White House meeting that afternoon, not by White House aide Cassidy. Hutchinson, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

At the committee’s hearing Tuesday Jan. 6, Representative Liz Cheney displayed a handwritten note that Hutchinson testified that she wrote after Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows handed her a note card and pen to take his dictates.

Sources familiar with the matter said Hirschman had earlier told the committee that he had written the memo.

“The handwritten note by Cassidy Hutchinson in her testimony was written by Eric Hirschman on January 6, 2021,” a Hirschman spokesperson told ABC News Tuesday night.

“All first-hand sources and law enforcement authorities have confirmed and will confirm that Mr. Hirschman wrote it,” the spokesperson said.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Hutchinson, testifying about the memo, said, “This is a note I wrote at the direction of the Chief of Staff on January 6, likely around three o’clock.”

“And it’s written on the Chief of Staff’s note card, but is that your handwriting, Mrs. Hutchinson?” asked Rep. Cheney.

Cassidy Hutchinson, who was aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former President Donald Trump, arrived to testify during a public hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, on Capitol Hill. June 28, 2022.

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“That’s my handwriting,” Hutchinson replied.

Hutchinson, a former senior aide to Meadows, said Meadows handed her the note card and pen and began dictating a possible statement for Trump to issue amid the Capitol riots.

Hutchinson also said that Hirschman suggested changing the statement and “putting it ‘without legal authority’.”

In response to Hirschman’s claim, a spokesperson for the January 6 Commission said, “The Commission has taken its interest in this matter and has found Mrs. Hutchinson’s account of the matter to be credible. While we understand that she and Mr. Hirschmann may have different memories of who wrote the memorandum, what is ultimately important is that both White House officials believed that the president should have immediately ordered his supporters to leave the Capitol.”

“The memo revived this,” a commission spokesman said. But Mr. Trump did not take that action at the time.

The January 6 panel repeatedly relied on Hirschman’s candid and sometimes vulgar testimony throughout his June hearings, including when the former White House attorney testified that he had brought down former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark’s plan to cancel the 2020 election.

Hirschman, the former White House attorney for Trump, also defended former President Trump during Trump’s first impeachment trial and worked in the West Wing as a senior counsel.

Hutchinson’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News nor Meadows.

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