Former White House Aide Levels Explosive Claims Against Trump During Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies during the sixth hearing by the House Select Committee on the January 6th insurrection in the Cannon House Office Building on June 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden.
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Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, made explosive claims against former President Donald Trump during her testimony Tuesday in front of the January 6 select committee.

Hutchinson, 25, claimed that Trump on the day of rally, which later turned into a riot, tried to get Secret Service to take him to the U.S. Capitol building, and that he became enraged when they would not do it because the area was not secure.

Hutchinson claimed that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of armored presidential limousine and that Bobby Engel, who was the lead security detail, had to tell him, “Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel.”

Hutchinson claimed that Trump then lunged at the agent.

Hutchinson claimed that Trump was “furious” that apparently many of his supporters did not want to enter the rally space on January 6, 2021, because there were magnetometers, also known as “mags,” that were being used to screen for weapons.

“I don’t f***ing care that they have weapons,” Hutchinson claimed she heard Trump tell the Secret Service. “They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f***ing mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here.”

There was strong pushback to her claims online by many on the political Right who questioned whether some of her claims, like Trump grabbing the steering wheel, was even possible.

There were a couple of former White House staffers who came out and supported Hutchinson as they listened to her give her testimony.

“My guess is that before this is over, we will be hearing testimony from Ornato, Engle, and Meadows,” Mick Mulvaney, who previously served as Trump’s acting chief of staff, said. “This is explosive stuff. If Cassidy is making this up, they will need to say that. If she isn’t they will have to corroborate. I know her. I don’t think she is lying.”

“Anyone downplaying Cassidy Hutchinson’s role or her access in the West Wing either doesn’t understand how the Trump WH worked or is attempting to discredit her because they’re scared of how damning this testimony is,” Sarah Matthews, former White House deputy press secretary, tweeted. “For those complaining of ‘hearsay,’ I imagine the Jan. 6 committee would welcome any of those involved to deny these allegations under oath.”

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