WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Donald Trump shrugged off warnings from his own security detail about armed protesters at a January 6 rally to join supporters during a march on Capitol Hill, according to new testimony released Tuesday. were trying desperately. Before the House committee Tuesday are investigating the 2021 uprising.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a petty former White House aide, described an angry and defiant president that day, trying to allow armed protesters to bypass security checks at that morning’s rally, in order to protect their lives in 2020. Electoral losses could be resisted, and who took the wheel of the Presidential van. When the Secret Service refused him to go to the Capitol.
When the events on Capitol Hill turned violent, with the crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” Hutchinson testified that Trump refused to intervene.
Trump “don’t think they’re doing anything wrong,” Hutchinson recalled listening to his senior, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Hutchinson’s minute-by-minute details of what was happening in and out of the White House described a president so clearly unwilling to accept Joe Biden as his election defeat. Acted angrily and refused to stop the siege. , It painted a damaging picture of chaos in the White House as those close to the defeated president split into two factions: one supporting his false claims of voter fraud, and the other trying to perpetuate the attack.
His testimony, during a surprise hearing announced 24 hours ago, was the only subject of the session the commission had held so far this month. The account was particularly emphatic because of his proximity to power, and in it Hutchinson describes what he first saw and was told by others inside the White House.
Hutchinson said he was told that Trump scuffled with a security agent for control of the President’s van on January 6 and sought to be taken to Capitol Hill when the rebellion began, while warning hours earlier that some of his Supporters took up arms.
The former aide said a White House security agent told her about the brawl in the vehicle and said security team chief Bobby Engel was in the room and did not deny the account. He told her that Engel grabbed the arm to prevent Trump from taking control of the armored car, and that the president used his other hand to punch Engel.
This version was immediately disputed. Engel, the agent who was driving the President’s van, and Trump’s security agent, Tony Ornato, are set to testify under oath that none of the agents were attacked and that Trump never tried to take the wheel, A person familiar with the matter said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro, Noman Merchant, Kevin Freaking, Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.