Lawyer Stefan Passantino — who worked as an attorney in the Trump White House and represented January 6 Committee witness Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide — has filed a claim against the Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol protests, which has since been dissolved after Republicans regained control of the House.
In the $67 million claim filed last week, Passantino accuses the Democrat-controlled committee of destroying his “reputation and career.”
The former Trump administration attorney stated in the claim that “the Committee acted against [Passantino] in an effort to destroy his reputation and career in support of a pre-ordained political and legal narrative against the forty-fifth President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
Passantino began representing Hutchinson after she contacted the Save America PAC, former President Donald Trump’s political action committee, to request assistance in paying for her legal representation after she was subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee in November 2021.
In June 2022, Hutchinson dropped Passantino as her attorney, hiring a new lawyer to represent her from then on.
The claim goes on to state that the January 6 Committee had “told an outrageous tale to media sources, such as CNN and possibly others, about Mr. Passantino’s non-existent efforts to obstruct their investigation by impacting the testimony of their ‘star’ witness, Cassidy Hutchinson.”
Cassidy Hutchinson was part of the act and Liz Cheney should face serious criminal charges.
The J6 Witch Hunt Committee and their propagandists in the media peddled the huge myth that Cassidy Hutchinson was being “pressured” by her attorney Stefan Passantino to support Trump.…
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) April 11, 2023
One of the many leaks from the Democrat-controlled committee — all of which appeared to be strategically designed to hurt Trump and his allies — contained statements from Hutchinson to the panel claiming that Passantino had advised her to mislead the January 6 Committee about certain events regarding the Capitol protests.
However, Passantino insists that he did not advise Hutchinson to lie or perjure herself — calling the leak “unjustifiable, outrageous and malicious.”
According to the former Trump administration attorney, he has suffered significant damage to his career and livelihood because of the Democrats’ leaking of the information. Passantino says that he has been separated from one of his law firms, and is now defending himself from bar complaints — claiming that all of this has caused him “immediate and severe reputational, emotional, and economic damages.”
Passantino is unable to file an actual lawsuit as of yet, instead filing a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. According to Bloomberg Law, the government now has six months to respond to the claim before Passantino can file a federal lawsuit.