Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson fired different bombs in her testimony Tuesday before the House Committee on Jan. 6. Mick Mulvaney, one-time acting chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, listed a few highlights:
Hutchinson too testified to several examples of Trump anger spiraling out of control, including: several times he overturned the dinner table and broke the White House platesand related several instances where Trump and his top aides knew in advance that: there would be violence on the Capitol.
But the most breathtaking – and most controversially – part of Hutchinson’s testimony was probably about Trump being so “enraged” that he didn’t get along with his armed supporters that he grabbed at the wheel from his presidential SUV and attacked his senior Secret Service agent, Bobby Engel. Hutchinson testified that she learned about the incident right afterward from a visibly shocked Tony Ornato, the former chief agent of Trump’s Secret Service. controversially became his deputy chief of staff at the White House for operations in 2020.
An unidentified Secret Service officer told CNN that Ornato, who? works for the secret service again and has disputed affidavit in which Trump was previously involved, Hutchinson denies telling that story and that the officers involved are willing to testify under oath that the incident, as described, did not take place. The Jan. 6 commission said it “considered Ms Hutchinson’s testimony” but accepted the offer†
Washington Post Secret Service reporter and pundit Carol Leonnig told MSNBC on Tuesday night that Trump was able to physically grab Engel and the wheel of the Secret Service SUV he was driving on Jan. 6 — not the presidential limousine, or Beast — and that Engel and especially Ornato “were very, very close to President Trump, and some people sometimes accused them of being enablers and yes men of the president.”
Leonnig reported that her unidentified sources They said Secret Service agents “dispute that Donald Trump assaulted an agent or tried to grab the wheel on Jan. 6,” but “agreed Trump was furious because he couldn’t go to the Capitol with his supporters. .”
Trump and Engel also have both confirmed the tenor of Hutchinson’s testimony.
Trump told The Washington Post in april that he had wanted to accompany his supporters to the Capitol on January 6, but the “Secret Service said I couldn’t go. I would have gone there in a minute.” Engel testified before the Jan. 6 committee that he and Trump disagreed about going to the Capitol and instead sent them to the White House, Politics reported earlier this month.