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Trump DOJ Official Represents Meadows Aide in Jan. 6 Hearing

June 28, 2022, 5:27 PM

Joseph “Jody” Hunt, a high-ranking official in the Trump Justice Department, is advising former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson as she makes a surprise appearance before the House Jan. 6 committee Tuesday.

Hunt and fellow Alston & Bird lawyer William Jordan are representing Hutchinson, a firm spokesman confirmed.

Hutchinson, who was an aide to former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, was called as an unexpected live witness this week. Committee members cited new evidence as the reason for the last-minute hearing. Meadows has refused to be interviewed by the committee.

“Things might get real, real bad on Jan. 6,” Hutchinson testified Meadows told her on Jan. 2. Hutchinson said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani initially told her that Trump would appear at the Capitol as Congress certified the 2020 election votes the same day.

Hunt, a senior counsel at Alston & Bird, was assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Division for a two-year stretch ending in August 2020. He worked at the DOJ for two decades, earlier serving as chief of staff and senior counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Jordan, a partner at Alston & Bird, is on the firm’s management committee and leads its health care industry team. He previously led the firm’s 200-lawyer litigation practice.

Hunt’s notes were cited in the Mueller report on the investigation into alleged Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report detailed former President Donald Trump’s falling out with Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from investigation.

The committee has heard testimony from a number of current and former Big Law partners, including Jeff Rosen, Richard Donoghue, Steven Engel, Greg Jacob, and former Attorney General William Barr.

Politico first reported Hutchinson had hired Hunt. She reportedly switched representation from Stefan Passantino, a former deputy White House counsel who is now a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich.

To contact the reporter on this story: Roy Strom in Chicago at rstrom@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com