Trump tried to force limo to Capitol on day of riot: WH aide

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Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top White House aide with unique access to president Donald Trump and the inner workings of the West Wing, testifies on Capitol Hill on June 28, 2022

Former US president Donald Trump tried to take the steering wheel from his Secret Service limousine driver in a bid to join the crowd marching on the US Capitol, a top aide in his administration testified Tuesday.

Trump got into his car after addressing his supporters at a rally near the White House on January 6, 2021, Cassidy Hutchinson told a congressional panel, and was told he couldn’t be with his supporters who were gathering ahead of the protest that turned into a deadly insurrection. 

White House counsel Pat Cipollone had voiced legal concerns about Trump marching to the Capitol alongside his supporters, Hutchinson said. 

Hutchinson, a former top White House aide with unique access to Trump and the inner workings of the West Wing, was testifying at the sixth June hearing of the House committee probing the attack on the US Capitol.

In some of the most explosive testimony from the hearings so far, Hutchinson said Trump and some of his top lieutenants were aware of the possibility of violence ahead of the attack — contradicting claims that the assault was spontaneous and had nothing to do with the administration.

Hutchinson said she recalled her boss saying four days before the insurrection: “Things might get real, real bad on January 6.”

As they were heading to Giuliani’s car, he asked her if she was “excited” for January 6, she testified. 

“‘It’s going to be great. The president’s going to be there. He’s going to look powerful. He’s going to be with the members. He’s going to be with the senators. Talk to the chief about it. Talk to the chief about it. He knows about it.'”

“He didn’t look up from his phone and said something to the effect of, ‘There’s a lot going on, Cass, but I don’t know. Things might get real, real bad on January 6,'” Hutchinson told the hearing.

Hutchinson told the committee that she heard the names of far right groups the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys discussed in the White House as January 6 approached.

– ‘Lack of reaction’ –

Vice chair Liz Cheney said the committee had obtained police reports that people at the Trump rally on the Ellipse had knives, Tasers, pepper spray and blunt objects that could be used as weapons.

Hutchinson has already been the source of several blockbuster revelations, appearing in videotaped depositions at two previous hearings and memorably naming a group of House Republicans who sought pardons from Trump following the violence.

It was Hutchinson, according to CNN, who told the select committee that Trump voiced approval for the “hang Mike Pence” chants from rioters at the Capitol — an allegation that was among the many eye-popping claims to come out of the opening hearing on June 9.

The House of Representatives held Meadows in contempt in December but the Justice Department decided not to charge him.

Originally published as Trump tried to force limo to Capitol on day of riot: WH aide


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