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Republicans investigating on January 6 ask key witness Cassidy Hutchinson for more documents

WASHINGTON – A Republican Party-controlled House of Representatives committee is investigating the special committee that investigated the Jan. 6 attack Donald Trump‘s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, sent a letter Wednesday to that panel’s star witness, Cassidy Hutchinsonasking her to hand over numerous communications with major figures from January 6, as well as those related to her book deal.

In the letter, first obtained by NBC News, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., chairman of the House Administration Oversight subcommittee, asked Hutchinson to turn over all communications through this month to former Rep. Liz Cheney , R-Wyo. , the vice chairman of the January 6 panel, and several top Trump White House officials. They include former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato; former senior White House adviser Eric Herschmann; and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

In addition, Loudermilk asked Hutchinson for communications regarding “potential publishing or book deals or related compensation,” as well as post-White House employment; the 25th Amendment, which deals with removing a president from power; and her itinerary for a trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast in early 2021.

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Last fall, Hutchinson wrote a bestseller about the events of January 6, “Enough.”

Loudermilk wrote that the request for documents and other communications is necessary because the Jan. 6 select panel — which was established by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. – “failed to properly archive their data, including as many as 900 interview summaries or transcripts, more than a terabyte of digital data and more than 100 deleted or encrypted documents.”

“The Subcommittee has no choice but to repeat much of the work of the Select Committee to understand their investigation results,” Loudermilk said.

Trump faces multiple federal charges over his role in overturning the 2020 election leading up to and on Jan. 6, when the Capitol — and lawmakers certifying Joe Biden’s victory — were attacked by thousands of his supporters.

Led by Loudermilk, Republicans in the House of Representatives have been eager to downplay the events of Jan. 6 and once again question the special committee’s investigation and findings as Trump seeks to regain the White House in November. Part of that effort was aimed at discrediting Hutchison, who served as Meadows’ top aide in the final days of the Trump administration.

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In the letter, Loudermilk said that upon reviewing documents Hutchinson had previously provided to his subcommittee, his panel found that some documents “had not been filed by the Select Committee.” These included communications between Hutchinson and former White House staffers Ben Williamson and Stefan Passantino; top Trump political adviser Susan Wiles; journalist Jake Sherman; Kash Patel, the former Defense Department chief of staff; and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.

Hutchinson’s attorney, William H. Jordan, did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment. In response to requests for other documents, Jordan referred to a statement earlier this year in which he characterized Loudermilk’s request as a “pressure campaign” to “silence” a potential witness in Trump’s criminal cases, in which the former president is facing numerous criminal charges for interfering in the 2020 elections and is trying to stay in power after his election defeat.

“Let me be clear: Since Ms. Hutchinson changed counsel, she has and will continue to tell the truth,” Jordan wrote to Loudermilk in January. “While other individuals – often men holding senior positions – did not want to speak to the Select Committee, Ms Hutchinson and many other witnesses courageously stepped forward. Yet she is now being questioned by you and your subcommittee about her testimony and about matters that may also be the subject of ongoing criminal proceedings against Mr. Trump.”

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“Ms. Hutchinson will not succumb to a pressure campaign from those seeking to silence her and influence her testimony, even if it is done in the name of ‘oversight,'” Jordan continued.

During the Jan. 6, 2022, hearings, Hutchinson was the committee’s surprise star witness, testifying under oath that she had heard Trump jump at the wheel of the presidential SUV and get into a physical altercation with his lead secret. Service officer after being told he could not go to the Capitol to join his supporters after speaking at a rally on the Ellipse on January 6, 2021.

But in March, Loudermilk’s panel released an 81-page report that Republicans say shows that four other White House aides did not corroborate Hutchinson’s dramatic account of Trump’s actions that day.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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