Kinzinger Defends Hutchinson's Jan. 6 Testimony as Trump Continues Attack

Representative Adam Kinzinger defended Cassidy Hutchinson's January 6 bombshell testimony on Sunday as she continues facing attacks from former President Donald Trump online.

Hutchinson, who served as an aide to Trump's ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified last Tuesday before the House select committee that is investigating the events that unfolded during last year's Capitol riot, and made several new bombshell revelations against the former president, including that he got into an alleged physical altercation with his security detail and that he wanted armed individuals to be let into his speech the morning of January 6.

Trump and his allies have denied these allegations, with the former president going on a Truth Social rant following Cassidy's testimony, accusing her of lying and downplaying her role in the White House. He continued his attacks on Sunday.

"So Cassidy Hutchinson was all set and ready to go to Florida with the Trump Team long after January 6th. She knew I did nothing wrong. She was a big Trump fan - but my people didn't want her. What happened? Why did she so dramatically change? All lies. I guess even she didn't believe her own bull....," Trump wrote.

Kinzinger defends Hutchinson testimony
Representative Adam Kinzinger defended Cassidy Hutchinson’s January 6 testimony on CNN Sunday morning. Above, Kinzinger speaks during a hearing on June 23 in Washington, D.C. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile, Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, who is one of two Republicans to sit on the select committee, defended Hutchinson's testimony during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

The GOP lawmaker argued that Hutchinson's testimony carries more weight than anonymous sources who have cast doubt on her claims because she testified under oath.

"We find her credible," Kinzinger said, who added that he would invite anyone who "wants to cast disparagements" on her testimony who was "firsthand present" at the events she recounted to "come and also testify under oath, and not through 'anonymous sources.'"

Since Hutchinson's testimony, more witnesses have come forward with information they now realize may be important to the committee's investigation, though Kinzinger did not elaborate on exact details. He continued to offer high praise for Hutchinson's courage for agreeing to testify, despite the backlash she has received from the GOP.

"She doesn't want to be out in the public spotlight, but she has a commitment to truth," the congressman said, adding that most other Republicans would benefit "to take just a 10 percent ounce of" that commitment.

Other members of the committee are also defending Hutchinson.

Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said Sunday that the committee won't "stand by and watch her be character be assassinated by anonymous sources and by men who are claiming executive privilege" during an appearance on ABC News' This Week.

"What Cassidy Hutchinson did was an unbelievable example of bravery and of courage and of patriotism in the face of real pressure," the congresswoman said, adding that she looks forward to more testimony under oath.

Newsweek has reached out to Hutchinson's attorney for comment.