CNN previously reported that Matthews, who served as deputy press secretary in the Trump White House until his resignation as soon as January 6, 2021, will testify publicly. At the time of his resignation, Matthews said he was honored to serve in Trump’s administration but “very saddened by what I saw.” He then said, “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”
The committee’s vice chairman, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, described Pottinger during one of the committee’s earlier hearings this way: “A former Marine intelligence officer who worked in the White House for four years, including — as deputy national security adviser, in various locations around the Oval Office all day. .”
The panel played a video clip from Pottinger’s interview in which he described the moment he knew it was time to resign.
“One of my staffers brought me a printout of the president’s tweet, and the tweet said something about Vice President Mike Pence not having the guts to do what he should have done — what should have been done. I — I read that tweet and decided to resign at that moment. That’s when I left that day. I know I’m going to.”
A spokesman for the group declined to comment. A spokesman for Pottinger did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The public has now heard direct testimony from more than a dozen witnesses, including taped depositions of more than 40 people, including members of the Trump family, former administration officials, GOP officials from key battleground states and members of the former president. Legal Committee.
Democratic Representative of Virginia. Elaine Luria, GOP representative of Illinois. Adam will preside over Thursday’s hearing with Kinzinger, who told CNN the panel will “go through the then-president’s actions minute by minute.”
“He didn’t really do anything to stop the riots,” the Virginia Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
This headline and story have been updated with additional reporting.
CNN’s Jamie Gangel contributed to this report.
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