(FreedomBeacon.com)- Cassidy Hutchinson, the former official in the Trump White House who gave a blistering testimony to the House’s January 6 panel, testified before a grand jury in Georgia this week as part of a probe into former President Donald Trump.
The grand jury was called as part of an investigation that’s being led by Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, into the efforts Trump made to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the legal team representing Hutchinson said:
“Ms. Hutchinson was pleased to cooperate with the Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury and answer questions today with respect to its inquiry into events surrounding the 2020 election.”
Hutchinson once served as an aide to Mark Meadows, the chief of staff at the White House during the Trump administration. Prosecutors in Georgia believed that because of her previous role, Hutchinson would be able to offer them insights about what she ended up witnessing in Trump’s West Wing.
They were specifically interested in whether she could shed light on any steps Trump took that related to Georgia’s elections in 2020. An audio recording was released of Trump talking to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January of 2021, telling him to “find” the votes that were needed to turn the state’s election in Trumps’ favor.
That is what initially caused Willis to open this inquiry.
Hutchinson cooperated with the House’s special January 6 committee, giving what was at the time both a surprising and bombshell testimony. She testified under oath to a lot of different things, including that Trump wanted to join his followers at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, and that he yelled at the Secret Service detail who refused to take him there.
The January 6 committee’s work is winding down now, especially since Republicans retook the majority in the House. It’s widely expected the GOP will put an end to the investigation the minute they officially take over.
Until then, the committee will still try to move on with its proceedings. Around the same time as the Hutchinson announcement, the House panel said that the former president “failed to comply” with the subpoena they sent him. As such, they said they would consider possible “next steps” in how they’d handle that.
They could try to charge him with contempt of Congress, as they did for Steve Bannon, but again, the investigation would likely be dropped in January anyway.
That’s one main reason why Maggie Haberman has said in the past that Trump is actually more worried about the Willis investigation in Georgia than he is the House’s January 6 probe or the criminal probe the Department of Justice is conducting into the Capitol riots.
As she said over the summer:
“So, the line out of people close to him for a while has been … he’s much more worried about Georgia than he is about the Department of Justice … I think it is hard to believe that he is not concerned about the Justice Department investigation, but I think Georgia is just more concrete, something he can point to.
“Remember … there is a tape of him in Georgia on a phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. That’s a big piece of why it’s a concern to him.”