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Cassidy Hutchinson, who is this witness

Cassidy Hutchinson, who is this witness at Tuesday's Jan. 6 panel hearing?

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Cassidy Hutchinson revealed one of the Jan. 6 committee hearing's biggest bombshells: last week, in a taped deposition, she described how Republican lawmakers advocated for blanket pardons for participants of a Dec. 21 White House meeting.

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Today Hutchinson, who had been an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, will appear as the panel's surprise live witness for an unscheduled hearing, NPR has confirmed.

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The committee announced Monday that it would hold a hearing Tuesday "to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony," but as of Tuesday morning it had not formally announced any witnesses or provided other details.

Hutchinson also testified she had heard that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia had requested a pardon from the White House counsel's office. 

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All of the members mentioned by name later denied the allegations.

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The committee has shared video of two instances of her speaking about what the White House did leading up to, during, and after the violent attack on the Capitol.

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Earlier this month, some in Washington had posited she would testify at one of the committee's public hearings live.

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