White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson Claims Mark Meadows Burned Documents
Additional transcripts from former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson‘s interviews with the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack were released on Tuesday revealing that Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows may have burned documents during the transition into President Joe Biden‘s administration.
Hutchinson claimed that she witnessed Meadows burn documents in his office fireplace nearly a dozen times between former President Donald Trump losing the 2020 election and leaving the White House the following January. She said that she did not know what information the documents contained. Notably, Hutchinson recalled Meadows burning papers after he held meetings with Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) to discuss the 2020 election. Perry is believed to have been part of a plan to utilize the Justice Department to overturn election results.
Hutchinson noted that she was unsure if there were other copies of documents that Meadows burned.
“I don’t know if they were the first or original copies of anything,” she told the committee. “It’s entirely possible that he had put things in his fireplace that he also would have put into a burn bag that there were duplicates of or that there was an electronic copy of.”
The Meadows aide also testified that there may be meetings and specific information that was omitted from records as Meadows once told staffers, “Let’s keep some meetings close hold. We will talk about what that means, but for now, we will keep things real tight and private so things don’t start to leak out.”
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