Matthew Pottinger, a former Trump NSC official, will testify at Thursday’s January 6 hearing

Pottinger will appear alongside a former Trump White House aide Sarah Matthews.

CNN previously reported that Matthews, who served as deputy press secretary in the Trump White House until his resignation as soon as January 6, 2021, will testify publicly. At the time of his resignation, Matthews said he was honored to serve in Trump’s administration but “very saddened by what I saw.” He then said, “Our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”

Pottinger, Trump’s deputy national security adviser, He got down in response A source close to Pottinger confirmed to CNN at the time of his resignation, Trump’s reaction to his supporters’ breach of the US Capitol. He told people there was very little to consider, the person said at the time.

The committee’s vice chairman, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, described Pottinger during one of the committee’s earlier hearings this way: “A former Marine intelligence officer who worked in the White House for four years, including — as deputy national security adviser, in various locations around the Oval Office all day. .”

The panel played a video clip from Pottinger’s interview in which he described the moment he knew it was time to resign.

“One of my staffers brought me a printout of the president’s tweet, and the tweet said something about Vice President Mike Pence not having the guts to do what he should have done — what should have been done. I — I read that tweet and decided to resign at that moment. That’s when I left that day. I know I’m going to.”

A spokesman for the group declined to comment. A spokesman for Pottinger did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

The public has now heard direct testimony from more than a dozen witnesses, including taped depositions of more than 40 people, including members of the Trump family, former administration officials, GOP officials from key battleground states and members of the former president. Legal Committee.

Jupiter represents the investigation team Second prime time sessionAnd committee members said they were investigating Trump’s inaction for 187 minutes as the U.S. Capitol riots unfolded.

Democratic Representative of Virginia. Elaine Luria, GOP representative of Illinois. Adam will preside over Thursday’s hearing with Kinzinger, who told CNN the panel will “go through the then-president’s actions minute by minute.”

“He didn’t really do anything to stop the riots,” the Virginia Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

One person not expected to appear in person at Thursday’s hearing was the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi. Thompson announced Tuesday He was confirmed to be infected with Covid-19 And will be quarantined in the coming days. A team spokesman said Thursday’s investigation would not be affected.
The committee met on Tuesday With former Trump White House aide Garrett Ziegler, A former aide to then-White House economic adviser Peter Navarro, he could provide the panel with more information on the surrounding circumstances. A heated Oval Office meeting on December 18, 2020. During that 2020 meeting, White House lawyers clashed with Trump allies over radical proposals on how to crack the 2020 presidential election. CNN had previously reported that Confiscation of voting machines It also discussed the appointment of a special counsel to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud.

This headline and story have been updated with additional reporting.

CNN’s Jamie Gangel contributed to this report.

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