Who is Sarah Matthews, the Trump aide who will testify at the next January 6 hearing?
The Capitol Hill Assault investigation hearings continue. We explain who the Trump aide is that will testify at the eighth session, Sarah Matthews.
The House of Representatives’ Capitol Hill Assault investigation hearings continue, and more people close to former President Donald Trump are expected to appear to give public testimony, including former aides Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, according to CNN.
Who is Sarah Matthews, the Trump aide who will testify at the Capitol Assault hearing?
Matthews, who resigned due to the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, was deputy press secretary. That day, Sarah issued a statement saying she was “honored” to serve in the Trump administration, but was “disturbed” by the events of that day.
In a videotaped statement shown at the June 16 hearing, Matthews told the committee that she saw then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows meet with Trump in the Oval Office dining room as the violence escalated.
“It was clear that it was escalating and escalating quickly. The situation was already bad, and so it felt like he was pouring gasoline on the fire by tweeting that (that Vice President Mike Pence was a coward),” said Matthews, who is expected to testify in person on Thursday.
According to The Hill, prior to her White House post in 2020, Matthews worked as a spokeswoman for Trump’s re-election campaign. The Kent State University graduate said in a 2020 interview that she met Kayleigh McEnany, then the Trump campaign’s national press secretary, through that job.
The 27-year-old is currently the communications director for Republicans on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, a position she has held since February 2021.
Matthews, who had previously supported the Trump administration’s work during the former president’s tenure, took to Twitter in January of this year to comment on the one-year anniversary of the insurrection, calling it “one of the darkest days in American history.”
“Make no mistake, the events on the 6th were a coup attempt, a term we’d use had they happened in any other country, and former President Trump failed to meet the moment,” she wrote in a Twitter thread.