First on CNN: Former Trump National Security Council official will testify at Thursday’s January 6 hearing

According to numerous sources familiar with the plans, Matthew Pottinger, who served on the National Security Council under former President Donald Trump before quitting immediately after the events of January 6, 2021, will give a public testimony on Thursday during the House Select Committee’s prime-time hearing into the attack on the US Capitol.

Pottinger will appear with Sarah Matthews, a former staffer in President Trump’s administration.

CNN had previously stated that Matthews, who worked as the Trump White House’s deputy press secretary until shortly after January 6, 2021, was going to give a public testimony. When she announced her resignation, Matthews stated that while she was honored to have worked for Trump, she “was extremely saddened by what I observed.” “Our country needs a peaceful transfer of power,” she declared at the time.

In response to Trump’s response to his supporters breaking into the US Capitol, Pottinger, Trump’s deputy national security advisor, resigned, a person close to Pottinger confirmed to CNN at the time of his resignation. The guy claimed that at the time, he told people that he had very little to think about.

The committee’s representative declined to respond. CNN’s request for response from a Pottinger spokeswoman was not answered.

More than 40 witnesses, including members of the Trump family, former administration officials, GOP politicians from crucial battleground states, and members of the former President’s legal team, have given recorded depositions, and more than a dozen of them have given live testimony already.

The panel’s second prime-time hearing will take place on Thursday, and committee members have stated that it would focus on Trump’s 187-minute period of inaction while the melee in the US Capitol was in progress.

The committee will “go through pretty much minute by minute” the measures taken by the then-President, according to Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, who will co-chair the hearing on Thursday with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

The Virginia Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that “He was doing nothing to actually stop the brawl.”

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