Secret Service agents will take a bullet for the president. Will they also lie for him?
On Tuesday, Cassidy Hutchinson, journalist for Jan. 6 committees star witness to date, testified that she was told about an altercation in then-President Trump’s SUV following a rally that preceded the violent riot outside the Capitol.
By now, you’re probably familiar with the details: According to Hutchinson’s testimony, Anthony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff and former head of his secret service, told her Trump was trying to grab the wheel and then threw himself on the neck of agent Bobby Engel, who was driving. on a shotgun.
Trump denied this and Republic mud machine started giggling:
Hutchinson was a liar, she Amber Heard 2.0. (They never miss a chance to be sexist.)
All she said was rumors it will never be allowed in court.
Hutchinson’s level was so low that she couldn’t hear or see what she said she heard and saw.
The attack on the agents could not have happened because the president sits too far in his long black limousine.
All this is ludicrous nonsense on the part of Republicans so enamored with Trump that they are deliberately oblivious to his attempts to reverse the results of free and fair elections, first by procedural and legal means, and then by violence.
Hutchinson has no reason to lie. Surely she knows what happens to people that cross the monomanic former president. She needs to know about the suffering inflicted on Georgia campaign workers Shay Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman after Trump slandered them with false and racist fraud allegations.
Anyway, Jan. 6 is not a trial, so disputes about the admissibility of Hutchinson’s testimony in a legal sense are irrelevant.
A statement about her low status in the administration – proclaimed dastardly by Steven Miller is a distraction. As chief aide to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Hutchinson sat outside his boss’s office, steps away from the Oval Office, in the beating heart of the White House. She was, White House officials say, at virtually every meeting with her boss, taking notes. She was backstage at Trump’s “Stop theft” rally, close enough to hear the president rant about metal detectors keeping his armed supporters out.
As for Trump’s alleged physical attack on agents who refused to take him to the Capitol to play Braveheart with the rioters, that’s just a juicy detail that has nothing to do with the facts: no one, including Trump, disputed that he wanted to storm The Capitol was furious when it was interrupted. “Secret Service said I can’t go” – Trump. told the Washington Post in April. “I would go there in a minute.
Let’s also remember that Trump was riding in the back of a Suburban, not a presidential limousine called “The Beast,” as the committee proved when it showed the video his departure from the Ellipse.
The facts certainly didn’t stop a Trump sycophant like Stephen Bannon from chuckling at Hutchinson’s story on his podcast. “I rode the Beast,” Bannon said, scoffing at the idea that Trump was close enough to the front seat to reach the steering wheel or anyone’s neck.
“It wasn’t the Beast” said Carol Leonnig, a Washington Post reporter. who wrote Zero Failure: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service. On January 3, the president was driving a Suburban SUV. 6, she told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. The same car in which the President his fun trip around Walter Reed,” Leonnig said when he was seriously ill with COVID-19 in October 2020.
Unnamed sources told reporters that Ornato and Engel were ready to testify under oath that Trump never tried to grab the steering wheel or his neck. If so, then so be it. And then we can decide who deserves more credibility: a young woman with no purpose, or two Trump supporters.
As Leonnig told Maddow after Hutchinson’s sensational testimony last week, Ornato and Engel were “very, very close” to Trump. “Some people have accused them of helping and goading the president at times, especially Tony Ornato,” Leonnig said, adding that it upset the other agents, who were less focused on pleasing Trump and more focused on doing their part. work.
In any case, is it really that shocking that some Secret Service agents under Trump’s spell can lie to protect him?
“There was a very large contingent of Donald Trump associates who personally cheered for Biden’s failure,” Leonnig said, “and some of them even used their personal media accounts to cheer on the uprising.”
Trump lackeys can throw all the dirt – or ketchup – want to Hutchinson.
None of this will stick.