Testifying before a House panel on Tuesday, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson outlined a startling series of events surrounding the Jan. 1 Capitol uprising. November 6, 2021, including the story that then-President Trump lashed out at a Secret Service agent in a desperate attempt to travel to the Capitol following his speech that day.
Hutchinson said White House officials were aware of the risk of January 1 violence. 6 days before the attack and testified that Trump knew supporters at his rally were armed, wanted them to bypass security, and was still determined to go with them to the Capitol after his speech, despite concerns expressed by him. advisers.
“Please make sure we don’t go up to the Capitol,” White House adviser Pat Cipollone told Hutchinson on the morning of January 1. 6. “We will be charged with every conceivable crime if we make this movement happen.”
Here are some of the high-profile revelations of Hutchinson’s hearings and testimony:
Several Trump aides were aware of the risk of violence even before January. 6
The Justice Department and Secret Service were aware of safety concerns for Trump supporters targeting the Capitol. The Secret Service intelligence branch sent messages to Robert Engel, Trump’s head of security, and Tony Ornato, the former deputy chief of staff for operations who was in charge of security.
Ornato told Meadows on the morning of January 1st. 6, police confiscated weapons, including guns and flagpoles, from people attending the presidential rally.
Hutchinson said Meadows looked uninterested and did not look up from his phone when he received the news, saying, “Okay, anything else?”
Trump knew Jan. 6 protesters had weapons
In front of your Jan. During a speech outside the White House, Trump expressed anger that the secure area around the stage was not filled with people, Hutchinson said. Ornato said some of the president’s supporters didn’t want to go through “shops” or magnetometers for verification because they didn’t want their weapons to be confiscated.
I don’t care if they have weapons. They are not here to hurt me,” Trump said, according to Hutchinson. “Let my people in. From here they can go to the Capitol. Let the people in; put away the magazines.
Trump went on to urge his supporters to march towards the Capitol and said he would join them.
White House adviser expresses concern over Trump’s speech
Eric Herschmann, Trump’s former senior adviser, said it would be “stupid” for the former president to include certain lines in his speech, Hutchinson said. Those sections included words about fighting for Trump, going to the Capitol, and references to then-Vice President Mike Pence.
Hershmann and the White House attorney’s office urged speechwriters not to include those lines “for legal reasons and also for the optics of what they can portray what the president wants to do that day,” she said.
Trump wanted to go to the Capitol on January 1st. 6
In his 2021 book The Chief of the Chief, Meadows wrote that Trump was speaking metaphorically when he said he wanted to go to the Capitol with his supporters on January 1st. 6. But Hutchinson testified that the president was serious and that this was discussed a few days before the uprising.
Jan evening. On December 2, after Trump’s attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani met with Meadows at the White House, he told Hutchinson, “We’re going to the Capitol. It will be great. There will be a president, he will be strong… talk to your boss about it, he knows about it.”
Hutchinson said she contacted Meadows, who told her that “things could get really, really bad on January 1st. 6.”
Prior to this meeting, Hutchinson said she was “afraid” of Yang. 6.
“That evening was the first moment I felt scared and nervous about what might happen,” she said.
Hutchinson said there were discussions about Trump making another speech outside the Capitol or entering the House of Representatives.
Cipollone urged Hutchinson to make sure the president does not go to the Capitol, saying he was concerned it would lead to accusations of obstruction of justice, inciting riots, and vote-count fraud.
Other aides, including former Trump aide Nick Luna, also testified in video testimony that Trump wanted to go to the Capitol.
Trump rushed to the wheel of a limousine to go to the Capitol
After the president and his staff returned to the White House, Ornato took Hutchinson aside to a room with Engel.
Ornato told her that Trump “reacted very strongly and very angrily” when Engel told him they were not going to the Capitol.
“The president said something like, ‘I’m the fucking president, take me to the Capitol now,'” she said.
Events escalated from there.
“The President reached to the front of the car to grab the steering wheel. mr. The angel grabbed his arm, she said. “Mr. Trump then threw his free hand at Bobby Engel.”
Hutchinson said that Engel was in the room while Ornato told the story and did not dispute it.
Trump did not want to take action to stop the January 1st riots. 6
Hutchinson said there were three ideological camps in the White House when it came to responding to the uprising: one group wanted immediate action, another group knew they needed to act but also wanted to appease Trump, and a third group wanted to “reject and blame” . and point the finger at antifa activists.
She said that Meadows was in the opposing group but ended up taking a more moderate stance.
Around 2:00 p.m. on the day the rioters flooded the Capitol, Hutchinson said she walked into Meadows’ office, where he was talking on a cell phone. She asked him if he had spoken to the president about what was going on.
“He said no [Trump] wants to be alone right now,” she testified.
A few minutes later, Cipollone came to Meadows’ office and said that they needed to see the president immediately. Meadows told him, “He doesn’t want to do anything.”
Cipollone said, “Something has to be done or people will die and blood will be on your fucking hands.”
After Meadows and Cipollone met with the president, Cipollone said they needed to do more to stop the attack on the Capitol, especially when the rioters chanted that they wanted to hang Pence.
You heard him Pat, he thinks Mike [Pence] deserves it,” Meadows said, according to Hutchinson.
Trump later tweeted that Pence lacked “the guts to do what needed to be done.”
“I remember feeling frustrated, disappointed… I was very sad,” Hutchinson said. “As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic, it was unpatriotic.”
Trump Throws His Lunch At The Wall After Reading William Barr’s Story
After the former Atti. Gene. William Barr told the Associated Press that the Justice Department found no credible evidence of widespread electoral fraud, Trump threw his lunch against the wall.
Hutchinson said that after the article went online, a White House valet said that Trump wanted to see Meadows in the dining room. According to Hutchinson, when Meadows returned, she went to the dining room and saw ketchup dripping on the wall and a broken plate on the floor.
“The employee said the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s interview with AP and threw his lunch at the wall,” she said.
Trump and Meadows wanted to include clemency language in January. 7 speech
Jan. On January 7, President Trump delivered a brief address to the camera condemning yesterday’s attack on the Capitol. According to the Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Committee Vice Chair, White House Deputy Counsel Pat Philbin wrote a draft speech on the morning of January 1st. 7, which he shared with Cipollone, who approved of it.
Trump initially resisted making the speech, but was persuaded by a group of people that included his daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, Hershmann, Cipollone, Philbin, and Meadows. Part of the argument in favor of the speech was concern about the possibility that the Trump cabinet would try to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Trump rejected lines about prosecuting rioters and wanted to include clemency language. Hutchinson said Meadows also supported the wording of the pardon. She said that both he and Giuliani asked for forgiveness.