Former President Donald Trump admitted on Saturday that he’s the one “on trial” in the dramatic televised hearings held by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurgency — and he’s not happy about it .
“So the lowlifes witnessed and stole a presidential election, and I’m the one on trial,” he wrote on his social media platform Truth Social. “We are truly a nation in decline!”
The post was his first clear concession of being the one sitting in the chair as the testimony cuts him closer to the bone. Far from being a mere account of events, the panel’s January 6 investigation into last year’s storming of the Capitol was presented more as a case against Trump.
Since the committee has been holding public hearings for the past month, Trump has generally tried to divert attention in his Truth Social posts by berating President Joe Biden on things like inflation and rising gas prices. But on Tuesday, he was all about the panel hearing, posting several attacks on Cassidy Hutchinson during and after her compelling testimony.
Among her most damning revelations, Hutchinson, who was an aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified that Trump wanted to drop security checks on his supporters, known to be carrying weapons, and allow them to go to the Capitol. on January 6.”They are not here to hurt meHutchinson quoted Trump.
Hutchinson also said she was told the former president angrily swerved at the wheel of the vehicle he was traveling in because he wanted to go to the Capitol to be with his supporters and the Secret Service refused to take him.
Trump has claimed Hutchinson’s allegation over his behavior in the car has been debunked. While some members of the Secret Service have told the media that its version of events will be contradicted, no public or official statement has been made.
Other Secret Service sources told CNN last week that members of the agency have been talking for some time about Trump’s exaggerated behavior in the car.
Trump is so shocked by Hutchinson’s testimony that The New York Times reported Friday that he is considering diverting public attention from his pending “trial” by delaying his official announcement that he is running for president until this month.