Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former US President Donald Trump, has left after testifying during a public hearing by the US House of Representatives Select Committee. United States to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 28, 2022.
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In the harshness testimony before the House committee investigating the attacks on Capitol Hill, a former aide to the then President Donald Trump The Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, described Trump as an angry commander-in-chief in the weeks surrounding the riots.
An enraged Trump lunged at his own Secret Service agent, threw plates and refused to help his vice president as crowds of angry rioters chanted “hang Mike Pence,” former aide to Meadows Cassidy Hutchinson told lawmakers during more than two hours of testimony Tuesday recalling what she had heard and seen in the days and weeks surrounding the events of January 6, 2021.
Trump took to his social media page on Truth Social to distance himself from the former aide and claimed that he barely knew her.
Here are some key takeaways from the hearing.
Hutchinson said she was told The former president attacked a secret agency agent after his security details refused to bring Trump to the US Capitol while his supporters rioted in the halls of Congress.
Hutchison remember a conversation she had with then-White House official Tony Ornato. He explained to her that after Trump told his supporters he would join them in their march on the Capitol that he insisted with the Secret Service to take him he goes there.
When Trump got into the president’s limo, Ornato said Trump got the impression from Meadows that they were likely still going to the Capitol, Hutchinson testified.
When Secret Service Agent Bobby Engel relayed that they didn’t, because it was unsafe, Trump “had a very strong, very angry reaction to it,” Hutchinson said Ornato told her. .
Hutchinson said: “Tony describes him as an angry man. Trump has said things like: “I’m the effective president, get me to the Capitol now.”
Engel again refused, at which point Trump “reached his hand to the front of the car to grab the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, saying, ‘Sir, you need to get your hands off the wheel. . We went back to the West Wing,” Hutchinson testified.
Hutchinson said she was told Mr Trump “then used her free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel”. She added that when Ornato told her this story, he gestured toward his collarbone.
Hutchinson also said Trump told aides he didn’t care if his supporters brought weapons to the January 6 rally to launch an attack on the Capitol.
Trump then said in effect, “I don’t care that they have weapons, they’re not here to hurt me, take the mags. Let my people in, they can act. troops to the Capitol from here. Let everyone in. Bring the monsters in action,” Hutchinson testified.
She said Trump is fine with removing the magnetometer because the president believes he is not personally in danger.
“They’re not here to hurt me. Take the F’ing. Let my men in. They can march to the Capitol from here.” Hutchison said in pre-recorded testimony.
Hutchinson told the committee that Trump indicated to his team that he believed at the time Vice President Mike Pence deserves to be hanged. Trump supporters repeatedly chanted “hang Mike Pence” after the former vice president helped certify the election results.
“I remember Pat Cipollone saying, ‘They’re calling for the VP to be F’ing hanged,” Hutchinson told the committee in a interview to describe how the former White House adviser approached Meadows about the riots.
“You heard him, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong,” Hutchinson said when describing Meadows’ reaction to Cipollone.
Weeks before the attacks, in December 2020, Trump threw his lunch and treats against the wall when he learned that former Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department had not found any evidence. evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
After his defeat to President Joe Biden, Trump began claiming without evidence that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him thanks to widespread voter fraud. His own attorney general later found that there was no evidence to support that claim.
When news broke that the Justice Department had found no evidence to support his claims of election fraud, “I remember I heard a noise coming from the hallway,” Hutchinson said.
“I left the office and went down to the dining room and noticed that the door was already open and the waiter inside the dining room was changing the tablecloth on the dining table,” she testified.