Trump’s deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews who quit because of Capitol riot agrees to testify at upcoming January 6 hearing after committee set next panel for July 12
- Matthews was a longtime House GOP staffer before joining Trump in June 2019
- She resigned after the January 6 attack and said she was ‘deeply disturbed’ by it
- The ex-Trump aide defended Cassidy Hutchinson on Twitter after her testimony
- Mark Meadows’ former assistant was attacked online and in the media by Donald Trump and his allies after her hearing with the Capitol riot committee
- The committee is expected to have one more hearing after the July 12 event
- They will focus on the mob assembling at the Capitol and Trump’s words and actions – or lack thereof – while his supporters overwhelmed police
Sarah Matthews is a longtime House GOP aide who served in Donald Trump’s White House from June 2019 until January 2021, according to her LinkedIn
A White House press aide who quit the Trump administration after the US Capitol riot last year could be the January 6 committee’s next public witness, it was reported on Tuesday night.
Former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews was subpoenaed and will appear before House lawmakers as early as next week, sources told CNN.
It comes after the panel announced a new hearing scheduled for July 12.
Matthews resigned the evening of January 6 last year, writing in a statement that she ‘was deeply disturbed by what I saw’ at the US Capitol that day.
The July 12 hearing is one of two more the committee is expected to hold to present the evidence it’s gathered so far of Donald Trump’s alleged plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election and stay in power.
The final two hearings are reportedly going to focus on how Trump’s supporters were led to gather at the Capitol on January 6, his encouragement for them to do so, and how the ex-president reacted to the violence that ensued.
Accounts and documents already assembled by the committee indicate Trump ignored pleas from his allies to intervene and failed to take any action to stop the mob for more than 180 minutes.
It’s likely that Matthews’ testimony will cover at least some of those final points.
She served as Trump’s deputy press secretary from June 2019 until January 2021, her LinkedIn profile shows.
Matthews currently works as the communications director for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Republican minority.
The January 6 committee is expected to hold one more public hearing after its July 12 presentation
The final two hearings will largely focus on the mob that assembled outside of the US Capitol on January 6 last year, and what led them to do it
Her public hearing will come on the heels of an appearance by fellow former Trump staffer Cassidy Hutchinson.
The 25-year-old ex-assistant to Trump’s final chief of staff Mark Meadows delivered an explosive account of the former president’s efforts to bully staffers and security detail into taking him up to the Capitol with his supporters – some of whom he knew were armed when he encouraged them to march, Hutchinson testified.
She also claimed he told his security detail, ‘I’m the effing president, take me up to the Capitol now,’ and ‘lunged’ at a Secret Service agent who declined to follow the order.
Matthews took to Twitter after Hutchinson’s hearing to defend her from criticism amid a slew of character attacks from Trump and his allies.
‘Anyone downplaying Cassidy Hutchinson’s role or her access in the West Wing either doesn’t understand how the Trump WH worked or is attempting to discredit her because they’re scared of how damning this testimony is,’ Matthews wrote on June 28.
She followed up: ‘For those complaining of “hearsay,” I imagine the Jan. 6 committee would welcome any of those involved to deny these allegations under oath.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to both Matthews and the January 6 committee for comment.
Earlier on Wednesday it was reported that former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone reached a deal with House lawmakers on a closed-door transcribed testimony, to be delivered on Friday.
The January 6 committee sent Cipollone a subpoena on June 29 citing new evidence that he ‘repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded.’
‘While the Select Committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s earlier informal engagement with our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations,’ the panel’s Chair and Vice Chair, Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, said in a statement.