A Trump White House ethics lawyer reportedly advised former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to give misleading testimony while appearing before the Jan. 6 committee earlier this summer.
Stefan Passantino, the top ethics attorney in the Trump administration, reportedly told Hutchinson to tell committee members she did not recall certain details they were investigating even if she did remember, sources familiar told CNN.
“The lawyer had advised the witness that the witness could, in certain circumstances, tell the Committee that she did not recall facts when she actually did recall them,” the committee’s executive summary states. “When the witness raised concerns with her lawyer about that approach, [the lawyer said,] ‘They don’t know what you know, [witness]. They don’t know that you can recall some of these things. So you saying ‘I don’t recall’ is an entirely acceptable response to this.”