Former President Donald Trump said he didn’t want people to know that he lost the 2020 election after the Supreme Court denied his last challenge calling it “embarrassing,” former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In December 2020, the Supreme Court refused to take up a lawsuit filed in Texas challenging the election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In a testimony revealed on Thursday, Hutchinson described Trump’s reaction to the decision, considered the then-president’s last resource to challenge the election’s outcome.

As an assistant to the then-White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, she witnessed a conversation between Meadows and Trump about the Court’s decision.


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The talk happened at a Christmas reception at the White House.

“The president was fired up about the Supreme Court decision,” she testified in a previously recorded closed-doors session. “He had said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t want people to know we lost, Mark, this is embarrassing, figure it out, we need to figure it out, I don’t want people to know that we lost,’”

The House committee revealed Hutchinson’s testimony at what was possible the panel’s last public hearing.

In June, she gave one of the most striking testimonies the commission shared with the public so far, revealing Trump and Meadows were warned about the risk of violence and armed crowd at the riot. She also detailed how the former president’s plan to join the mob marching to the Capitol.

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