Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide, gave testimony to the House Jan. 6 committee earlier this year. Now, before I go any further, keep in mind that this woman may not be credible at all. You decide. I’m just giving you what she said.
She suggested her then-boss, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, had burned documents in his fireplace on numerous occasions during the final weeks of the Trump administration.
During her deposition, she explained that though she couldn’t confirm if they were original copies or not, Meadows had used the fireplace to burn documents roughly once or twice a week over the period of December through mid-January. In addition to this, it was revealed that Meadows had met with Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry multiple times in his office prior to burning any documents.
Hutchinson noted that she didn’t know what type of documents he had burned but offered further insight into her suspicions when asked about whether or not Presidential Records Act regulations had been broken: “The Presidential Records Act only asks that you keep the original copy of a document. So, yes,” Hutchinson said. She continued, “However, I don’t know if they were the first or original copies of anything. It’s entirely possible that he had put things in his fireplace that he also would have put into a burn bag that there were duplicates of or that there was an electronic copy of.”
This has led to speculation among some that Meadows may have destroyed evidence pertaining to Rep. Perry’s role in attempting to make Jeffrey Clark the attorney general and aligning the Justice Department with Trump’s unfounded claims of mass electoral fraud. However, there is no evidence to suggest that he did any such thing.
While exact details remain unclear as far as what was burned and why it was done so clandestinely, one thing is certain; this testimony has caused many people to take notice and be left questioning what other information may yet come to light about events leading up to Trump’s final days in office.