GOP Rep Demands Unedited Transcript of Cassidy Hutchinson Testimony

A Republican representative who says he’s been the target of “malicious lies” is demanding that the Jan. 6 Committee release the complete, unedited transcript of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony.

In a letter to committee leaders, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claimed that the panel had edited the video of Hutchinson’s testimony to make it seem like Gohmert had asked former President Donald Trump for a pardon in 2020.

“Having reviewed the video of Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony, there is reason to believe that her deposition was deceptively edited to make it sound as if the pardons I lawfully and unselfishly requested for deserving people, in fact, were for me,” Gohmert wrote to Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), the respective chair and vice-chair of the Jan. 6 Committee.

“I did ask for pardons for deserving military members, former military, and one civilian late in 2020 in writer letters and packages of information,” the Texas Republican clarified.

Gohmert went on to argue that there were many other “overt and serious issues” with the committee’s presentation of the Hutchinson testimony, including the panel’s refusal to verify some of Hutchinson’s more dubious claims.

Earlier in the month, the committee faced harsh criticism for publicizing Hutchinson’s claim that Trump had tried to hijack the presidential limousine on Jan. 6, even after multiple Secret Service agents came forward to dispute the story.

When later aksed about their refusal to verify Hutchinson’s story, committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said the panel never called in witnesses “to corroborate” the testimony of other witnesses.

In his letter, Gohmert called out the committee for choosing to publicize “hearsay” over “more reliable direct live testimony.”

“As you know well, there are reasons that hearsay is rarely allowed in a courtroom, because of its unreliability,” Gohmert wrote. “Yet, you chose the unreliable testimony over more reliable direct live testimony from the Secret Service agents in question.”

Gohmert concluded his letter to committee leaders by demanding the “complete, raw, unaltered” transcript of Hutchinson’s deposition. “For the sake of truth, propriety, and decency, provide these items for review by the American people immediately,” he wrote.