Dramatic Jan. 6 testimony from former White House aide

ABC News’ Alex Presha reports on Cassidy Hutchinson’s bombshell testimony.
4:07 | 06/29/22

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APPRECIATE YOUR TIME, THANK YOU. >> AND NOW TO THE LATEST ON THAT NEW TESTIMONY FROM THE JANUARY SIX COMMITTEE HEARINGS. CASSIDY HUTCHINSON, A FORMER AIDE TO DONALD TRUMP'S CHIEF OF STAFF, TESTIFIED THAT MARK MEADOWS SAID DAYS AHEAD OF TIME THE JANUARY SIX COULD GET, QUOTE, REAL, REAL BAD. SHE SAID TRUMP KNEW HIS SUPPORTERS WERE ARMED. HE TRIED TO GET METAL DETECTORS TURNED OFF SO THEY COULD JOIN THE RALLY. AND WANTED TO GO TO THE CAPITOL, HIMSELF. FOR MORE ON THE JANUARY SIX HEARING, I WANNA BRING IN ABC'S ALEX BRUSH. ALEX, A LOT OF ATTENTION IS BEING CALLED TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT DID OR DID HAPPEN TO THE VEHICLE. BUT THERE IS MORE TO THE TESTIMONY. DO YOU THINK HUTCHINSON DID ENOUGH HERE TO SHOW THAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ON JANUARY 6TH? OR AT LEAST THERE IS A PENTAGONAL FOR VIOLENCE? AND THEY PURPOSELY DID NOTHING TO STOP? >> DIANE, I THINK HER TESTIMONY POINTS OUT A NUMBER OF POINTS. WE HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE WAS DISCUSSED WITHIN THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION. NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT, RIGHT? THEY TALKED ABOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMING IN PRIOR TO JANUARY SIX ABOUT SOME OF THE WEAPONS THAT POLICE OFFICERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HAD SEEN AROUND THE CAPITAL. SOME OF THE CHATTER ONLINE AND HOW THAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY VIOLENT. SHE TESTIFIED ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO GET RID OF THE MEGS DOING HIS SPEECH TO FILL IN HIS CROWD. SO IF A PEEP PERSON DID WELL, WELL THEY'RE NOT HERE TO HURT ME. ALSO, SHE TALKED ABOUT, TESTIFIED ABOUT THE CONVERSATION OF PATS BALONEY, HAD WITH MARC MALONEY. SAYING THAT HE WOULD HAVE BLOOD ON HIS HANDS. PEOPLE WOULD DIE IF THIS ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. >> NOW, HUTCHINSON'S TESTIMONY CAME AFTER THE COMMITTEE ORIGINALLY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO CAUCUS POSTPONE THE HEARINGS FOR A FEW WEEKS. THEN THEY ANNOUNCED THE SURPRISE HEARING, AND HERE COMES THIS TESTIMONY. WHAT HAPPENED THERE? WHEN I WENT INTO THE COMMITTEE 'S DECISION TO DO IT THIS WAY? WAS THIS FOR THEATRICS? IT WAS THERE SOMETHING LOGISTICAL THERE? >> I THINK, PART OF THIS IS CERTAINLY IMPACT, BUT A LOT OF THIS IS BEEN FLUID, RIGHT? WE KNEW THAT CASSIDY HUTCHINSON HAD BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR MONTHS ABOUT TESTIMONY. SHE HAD A CHANGE OF COUNCIL AT THE START OF THIS MONTH. SO THAT COULD HAVE PLAYED WITH THE TIMING, HERE. AND ALSO THINK IT WAS CRITICAL FOR THIS COMMITTEE TO HAVE HER TESTIMONY -- BEFORE THESE HEARINGS LATER ON IN JULY, AFTER THE JULY 4TH BREAK. THAT'S BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WE'RE EXPECTING TO SEE FOOTAGE FROM THAT BRITISH DOCUMENTARY, THAT FILMMAKER ALEX HOLDER WHICH COULD FURTHER CONNECT SOME OF THESE DOTS. >> NOW, TRUMP AND ADMINISTRATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SELF IN A FEW OF HIS INNER CIRCLE ARE PUSHING BACK AGAINST THIS TESTIMONY. THERE'S ONE WOMAN WHERE LIZ CHENEY ASKED ABOUT A HANDWRITTEN NOTE THAT SHE SAID WAS DICTATED BY MARK MEADOWS AND WRITTEN BY HER ABOUT A POTENTIAL STATEMENT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RELEASE DURING THE ATTACK ON THE CAPITOL. SHE SAID SHE WROTE THAT, THAT WAS HER HANDWRITING. NOW ERIC PERSON SAID HE WAS THE ONE WHO NOTE -- WROTE THIS NOTE. WITH THE REACTION IN WASHINGTON, TO THIS BACK AND FORTH, BUT ABOUT ATKINSON'S CREDIBILITY, IN GENERAL? >> CERTAINLY THOSE IN TRUMP'S INNER SEARCH WILL HAVE DONE THEIR BEST TO THROW COLD WATER ON CASSIDY HUTCHINSON'S TESTIMONY. TO QUESTION HER CREDIBILITY AND YOU SAW THAT A LITTLE BIT WITH THIS HANDWRITTEN NOTE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS SAID IT IS DONE ITS DUE DILIGENCE. IT'S FOUND THAT MISS HUTCHINSON'S ACCOUNT OF THE MATTER IS CREDIBLE WHILE WE UNDERSTAND THAT SHE AND MR. HERSCHMANN MAY HAVE HAD DIFFERENT RECOLLECTIONS OF WHO WROTE THAT NOTE. WHAT WE UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE IMMEDIATE UNSTRUCTURED -- WHICH SHOULD BE BUT THE PRESIDENT HAD -- THE UNSTRUCTURED SUPPORT TO

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