Key Conclusions from the Explosive Day of Testimony

In scathing testimony before the House committee investigating the Capitol Hill attacks, a former aide to then-President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, portrayed Trump as an irate commander in chief in the weeks surrounding the riots.

An enraged Trump lunged at his own Secret Service agent, throwing plates and refusing to assist his vice president as mobs of angry rioters chanted ‘hang Mike Pence,’ Meadows’s former aide Cassidy Hutchinson told lawmakers in a more than two-hour testimony Tuesday, recalling what she heard and saw in the days and weeks surrounding the events of January 6, 2021.

Trump took to his social media page on Truth Social to distance himself from the former aide, claiming he barely knew her.

Here are some key points from the hearing.

Trump attacks Secret Service agent

Trump was OK with guns at rally

Trump told staff Pence deserved to be hanged

Hutchinson told the committee that Trump had indicated to his team that he believed then Vice President Mike Pence deserved to be hanged. Trump supporters repeatedly chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after the former vice president helped confirm the election results.

“I remember Pat Cipollone saying, ‘They’re literally calling for the VP to be hanged,'” Hutchinson told the committee in a statement. interview to describe how former White House counsel approached Meadows about the riot.

“You heard him, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong,” Hutchinson said, describing Meadows’ reaction to Cipollone.

Trump throws lunch against wall

A few weeks before the attacks, in December 2020, Trump threw his lunch and plates against a wall when he learned that former Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread election fraud, according to Tuesday’s testimony.

In the wake of his loss to President Joe Biden, Trump began claiming without evidence that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him thanks to widespread voter fraud. His own attorney general later found there was no evidence to support that claim.

When news broke that the Justice Department had found no evidence to back up its allegations of voter fraud, “I remember hearing noise coming from the hallway,” Hutchinson testified.

“I left the office and went to the dining room and saw that the door was open and the clerk in the dining room was changing the tablecloth on the dining table,” she testified.

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