WASHINGTON – After Tuesday’s bombing in which the uprising on January 6, 2021 is being investigated, Sgt. Aquilino Gonell said he held former President Donald Trump personally responsible for the injuries he sustained in defending the Capitol.
“Our own president drafted us,” Gonnell said in an interview with HuffPost. “I just feel betrayed. The president must do everything possible to help us and he did not. He wanted to lead the mob and wanted to lead the crowd himself … he wanted to be a tyrant. ”
Trump knew his supporters were armed with weapons before he encouraged them to march to the Capitol on the day of the attack, a former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows testified during Tuesday’s trial. Trump also got into a physical altercation with a secret service agent after being told he could not go to the Capitol himself, according to evidence.
Following the president’s rally, hundreds of his supporters stormed the Capitol. Five people were killed and more than 140 officers were injured.
Gonell underwent surgery on his foot and shoulder after the attack, which he described as a “medieval battlefield” in testimony before Congress last year. Trump supporters “hit, pushed, kicked, [and] pushed him and his fellow officers in their attempt to block the certification of the 2020 electoral vote, he said at the time.
Gonell learned Tuesday in the January 6 committee hearing room that he would never be able to serve in full uniform again and his job to protect the Capitol, due to medical issues arising from the January 6 riot.
“It’s something going on [Trump]”It’s on those people who keep denying what happened that horrible day and those who did not come forward,” Gonell said. He attended the proceedings along with several other officers who were outspoken about the riot.
“It is astonishing that we have been betrayed by the government from above, especially those who work in the White House,” Gonell added.
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former assistant to Meadows, said in Tuesday’s hearing that her former boss felt on January 2, 2021, that the plot to reverse the election was serious and dangerous. She said Meadows told her “things could get really, really bad on January 6th.”
In more explosive testimony, Hutchinson described how Pat Cipollone, a former Trump White House attorney, stormed Meadows’ office when rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and told him: “Mark, something needs to be done, more people are going to die. and blood’s will be on your hands. ”
Meadows’ response, according to Hutchinson, was that “[Trump] does not want to do anything. ”
Both Meadows and Cipollone refused to appear before the committee.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), The main member of the GOP on the panel, praised Hutchinson’s courage to speak out.
“We’re all in her debt,” Cheney said. “Our nation is protected by those who know the difference between right and wrong. The easy way is to hide from the spotlight. ”