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Rep. Zoe Lofgren Says She Was ‘Surprised’ DOJ Did Not Subpoena Cassidy Hutchinson


Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a member of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, rebellion, said she was “surprised” the Justice Department didn’t subpoena Cassidy Hutchinson, the previous White House aide who gave bombshell testimony last week.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Lofgren said she didn’t share the priority raised by federal prosecutors in a Recent York Times report that they “felt blindsided” after listening to Hutchinson’s testimony, since they didn’t have access to her previous closed door depositions.

The Justice Department has asked the committee to show over transcripts of witness interviews, however the panel has to this point held back. A committee spokesperson told The Times the panel could share those transcripts with the DOJ as soon as they finish their public hearings in July.

The committee has yet to announce the date of its next public hearing.

“We’re not an arm of the Department of Justice,” Lofgren told NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “We’re a legislative committee. They’ve subpoena power. They might subpoena Ms. Hutchinson. I’m surprised they’d not done so.”

“I used to be surprised that the prosecutors were surprised,” Lofgren continued. “What are they doing over there? They’ve a much greater opportunity to implement their subpoenas than our legislative committee does.”

The Justice Department is investigating the rebellion but it surely continues to be unclear whether they’ll pursue a criminal case against Trump.

Cheney told ABC’s “This Week” the committee would look into whether to issue a criminal referral of Trump to the DOJ.

“The Justice Department doesn’t must wait for the committee to make a criminal referral,” Cheney said. “There may very well be multiple criminal referral.”

Hutchinson shared previously unknown details about what was happening contained in the White House leading as much as and including the day of the Capitol riots. Hutchinson said her former boss, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, had been warned Jan. 6 could turn violent. Each Meadows and Rudy Giuliani reportedly sought presidential pardons following the rebellion, Hutchinson said.

The previous Meadows aide also relayed Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato told her the previous president tried to grab the steering wheel of his limousine and lunged at Secret Service agent Bobby Engel, after Engel refused to drive him to the Capitol for security reasons.

Yet, Ornato is reportedly now denying Hutchinson’s account.

“We had interviewed Mr. Ornato several times,” Lofgren said. “His memory doesn’t seem like as precise as hers. We actually would welcome them to return back in the event that they wish to do this.”

Hutchinson also modified lawyers last month, in response to Politico, hiring as an alternative Jody Hunt, who served as chief of staff to Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions. The change reportedly signalled her willingness to cooperate further with the committee’s investigation.

“The Trump world was paying for her lawyers, which was very problematic for her,” Lofgren told NBC’s Chuck Todd.

Hutchinson testified behind closed doors 4 times before appearing on the Jan. 6 committee’s public hearing Tuesday.

Following Hutchinson’s gripping testimony, the committee announced Wednesday they’ve issued a subpoena for White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January sixth and in the times that preceded,” stated a press release announcing the subpoena.

Lofgren said she expected Hutchinson’s appearance would encourage Cipollone to look before the committee.

“Our intention is to listen to from him, and I feel given the testimony of Ms. Hutchinson that he was trying to forestall crimes from being committed on that day,” Lofgren told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’d assume that he would wish to are available in.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ailing.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” more witnesses have shown a willingness to testify after the newest public hearing.

“This happens daily,” Kinzinger told CNN’s Dana Bash. “Day by day we get recent those who come forward and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t think perhaps this piece of the story that I knew was essential.’”

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