Updated Jun 28, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Meadows sought pardon after Jan. 6, his former top aide testifies

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A video of former President Trump is played during the Jan. 6 select committee's hearing on June 28. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sought a presidential pardon in the aftermath of Jan. 6, his former top aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified to the select committee investigating the insurrection on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Meadows is the highest ranking individual alleged to have sought a pardon after Jan. 6. Committee members have pointed to pardon requests as evidence of a guilty conscience.

Driving the news: "Mr. Meadows did seek that pardon, yes ma'am," Hutchinson said in response to a question from Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

  • Hutchinson testified that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani also expressed interest in a pardon.

What she's saying: Hutchinson said in both closed-door and live testimony that Trump wanted to include language in a Jan. 7 speech addressing the riot about pardoning the people involved.

  • "I understand that Mr. Meadows was encouraging that language as well," Hutchinson said on Tuesday.
  • She said in closed-door testimony that White House lawyers blocked that language.

Go deeper: Legal concerns swirled in Trump's inner circle over Jan. 6 plans

Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details throughout.

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