INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Cassidy Hutchinson gave some of the most damning testimony the Jan. 6 committee heard about former President Donald Trump. CNN reported on Tuesday [December 20, 2022] that a Trump-connected lawyer who had been representing the former Mark Meadows aide advised her to lie to the committee.

The lawyer, Stefan Passantino, served as the top White House ethics lawyer under Trump and previously represented the Trump Organization. Sources told CNN he was allegedly paid by Trump’s Save America PAC to represent Hutchinson, but she dropped him before testifying. She apparently ignored his advice to mislead the committee, as her bombshell public testimony provided insight into Trump’s behavior on the day of the Capitol riot.”

-Nikki McCann Ramirez, “Trump-Connected Lawyer Told Key Jan. 6 Witness to Lie to Committee,” rollingstone.com, December 21, 2022