Hours after delivering Cassidy Hutchinson bombshell evidence to Jan. On Committee 6 on Tuesday, former President Trump and his allies rushed to attack a former White House staffer.
Hutchinson, who served as an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, told the group that Trump knew that some of his supporters were armed when he urged them to go to the Capitol. She also testified that Anthony Ornato, then White House Deputy Chief of Staff, told her that the president was so “angry” that the Secret Service would not take him to the Capitol that he reached for the steering wheel and lunged at the agent.
Trump and his allies have seized on media reports of unnamed Secret Service sources who have denied these claims to present Hutchinson’s sworn testimony as unreliable. So far, however, no one who has disputed Hutchinson’s story has done so under oath.
Now members of Jan. 6, Hutchinson’s attorney and several of Hutchinson’s former Trump administration colleagues are urging her critics to follow the 25-year-old’s example and testify before Congress under penalty of perjury.
“The lies and fabricated stories being told to the guerrilla highly unelected committee by not only the fake social climber who was caught yesterday, but by many others, are a disgrace to our nation in serious decline,” Trump wrote on Wednesday morning on his social media platform. True Social.
“No cross-examination, no real Republicans, no lawyers, NOTHING. Fake stories and completely fake narratives, with ZERO objection. The unelected should be forced to disband. WITCH-HUNT! “
Anonymous Secret Service Officer told CNN that Ornato denies telling Hutchinson that Trump grabbed the steering wheel or the agent.
“Agents are ready to state under oath that the incident itself did not take place,” a network official said. An anonymous CNN source did not dispute that Trump was furious at not being taken to the Capitol.
Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesman, did not confirm CNN’s report to The Times, saying only that the federal law enforcement agency “has been fully cooperating with the select committee since its inception in the spring of 2021, and we will continue to do so.” in this way, including through a formal response to the committee regarding new allegations that have appeared in [Tuesday’s] certificate”.
Trump supporters are also spreading inaccurate claims about the plausibility of the steering wheel story. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) Retweeted a graphic “The Beast“Presidential limousine, which appeared to illustrate how passengers are separated from the driver.
Cassidy Hutchinson lied and @January6thCmte held a special hearing. [Tuesday] broadcast her lies,” Green wrote. “In 23, each of them should be held accountable for making President Trump, his administrator, and the Republicans do this with the money of the people. Enough of this.”
Trump was actually transported to SUV, not the Beast, on the morning of Jan. 6, the video played by the committee shows.
Jody Hunt, a former assistant attorney general under Trump who is now legal counsel for Hutchinson, called on others with knowledge of her testimony to come forward and testify under oath. “RS. Hutchinson testified under oath and recounted what she was told: “Hunt tweeted. “Those who know about this episode should also testify under oath.”
Other Trump White House officials who came to Hutchinson’s defense also urged her critics to testify under oath. Alyssa Farah Griffin, press secretary for former Vice President Mike Pence and director of strategic communications for the White House, called Hutchinson a “friend.”
“To anyone who tries to question her character, I will be happy to put you in touch on / @ January 6th to appear UNDER oath,” she said, highlighting the fact that skeptics of Hutchinson’s testimony were able to challenge it publicly without being punished for perjury.
“Anyone who downplays Cassidy Hutchinson or her access to the West Wing either doesn’t understand how Trump worked or is trying to discredit her because they’re afraid of how damning the testimony is,” added Sarah Matthews, a former deputy spokeswoman. . .
“For those complaining about the ‘rumors’, I present Jan. Committee 6 would welcome the denial of any of those involved in these allegations under oath.”
Former Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Meadows, Ornato and Robert Engel, the head of Trump’s secret service and a Trump agent who Trump reportedly rushed to, should also be ready to testify.
“This is explosive material,” Mulvaney. tweeted. “If Cassidy is making this up, they will need to be told. If she is not, they will have to confirm. I know her. I don’t think she’s lying.”
Committee members also supported Hutchinson.
“I found Cassidy Hutchinson to be a very credible witness who told us what she saw and heard,” Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) told MSNBC. “She was very careful to distinguish when she was part of a conversation or actions were related to her by others.”
“Cassidy Hutchinson is one of the most courageous and honorable people I know,” the Rep. said. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) wrote in one tweet. In another, he added: “Watching the Trump world’s desperate quest to discredit the brave Cassidy Hutchinson reminds me… Everything Trump does when he gets arrested and cornered.”
It is reported by Punchbowl News. Wednesday that Hutchinson became the target of alleged witness intimidation by Trump’s world.
At Tuesday’s hearing, committee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wayo) presented two examples of what she called attempts to influence what witnesses told the committee.
One statement said that “they reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read the transcripts, and just to keep that in mind.”
In another statement, the man was told, “He knows you are loyal and you will do the right thing when you testify.”