Former Mark Meadows staffer Cassidy Hutchinson hires new attorney ahead of public Jan. 6 hearings

Cassidy Hutchinson, an associate of Mark Meadows when Meadows was Donald Trump's chief of staff, hired Jody Hunt to represent her at the start of the public hearings on Jan. 6, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News.
At the beginning of the Trump administration, Hunt was chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Hunt later became chief of the civil division of the Department of Justice.
Members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol are actively negotiating with Hutchinson over their public testimony during the committee's upcoming hearings, sources with knowledge of the matter told ABC News.
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If Hutchinson agrees to appear publicly, she will comment on many of the publicly reported interactions on January 6 and provide significant insight into Meadows' actions and interactions with the former president on January 6 and the days before and after, they said the sources.
During previous testimonies before the committee, Hutchinson confirmed to committee investigators that sources say Meadows had burned documents in his office.
It wasn't immediately clear what Meadows allegedly burned, or if his actions, described by witnesses, constituted something illegal.
PHOTO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions travels with Chief of Staff Jody Hunt after a news conference at the Justice Department March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. from (Win Mcnamee/Getty Images, FILE)
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ABC News previously reported that the committee is negotiating with former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone over his public testimony. Should either Hutchinson or Cipollone agree to testify, this would be the first witness to appear publicly before the committee, who was physically in the west wing on January 6th.
Politico was the first to report on Hunt's new role.
Former Mark Meadows associate Cassidy Hutchinson is hiring a new attorney ahead of the Jan. 6 public hearings, which originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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