Trump “is politically, morally accountable for much of what has happened,” Hutchinson told Brett Baier on “Fox News Sunday.”
Nevertheless, the outgoing state leader said the House select panel investigating the siege had yet to prove more regarding Trump’s role.
“By way of criminal liability, I believe the committee has an extended solution to go before they might establish that,” added Hutchinson, who’s in the ultimate 12 months of office on account of term limits. Trump loyalist and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the GOP candidate to interchange him.
The panel’s public hearings on the revolt to overturn the 2020 election results were set to proceed Monday, aiming to prove Trump’s guilt. Hutchinson said establishing a criminal link was a “heavy lift.” But panel members said Sunday they’ve enough evidence to generate a criminal indictment against the twice-impeached former president.
Hutchinson called Jan. 6 a “costly error” that was “improper for our country” and “improper to push in that direction.”
“I believe Republicans must do plenty of soul searching as to what’s the fitting thing here and what’s the fitting thing to say for our party, for our democracy and for our future and never simply appeal to the basest instincts of a few of our base,” he said.