Trump tried to grab the wheel and jumped to head of security after being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol on Jan. 6, says former Meadows employee

Delivered to the in a stunning testimonial on Tuesday Sixth Public Hearing on the Capitol AttackCassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, about how President Trump tried to grab the wheel of the presidential vehicle and lunged at his head of security after being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Hutchinson said that after Trump delivered his speech to the crowd at the Ellipse that day, she returned to the White House and saw Anthony Ornato, a senior Secret Service official who was sent to the White House and served as deputy head of the White House. operations. Ornato dragged her into his office, where Robert Engel, then Trump’s chief of security, sat in a chair, looking “somewhat confused and a little lost.”

She said Ornato told her that when Trump entered “The Beast” — the president’s heavily armored SUV limousine — he still believed it would be possible for him to get to the Capitol. But when Engel told him they couldn’t for security reasons, Trump had “a very strong, very angry response,” she said she was told.

“The president said something along the lines of, ‘I’m the last president, take me to the Capitol now,'” she said.

When told that wouldn’t be possible, Trump “reached out to the front of the vehicle to grab the wheel,” she told Ornato.

Engel then grabbed his arm and said, “Sir, you need to take your hand off the wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the Capitol,” she said.

In response, she said that Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge at Engel, noting that when Ornato told her the story, he “gestured his collarbones.”

Hutchinson told the committee that Engel has not corrected or disputed anything Ornato said.

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Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies during a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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The committee also played recorded testimony from then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who said Trump was still trying to get to the Capitol after his return to the White House.

“I believe when we got back to the White House, he said he wanted to physically walk with the protesters,” McEnany said. “According to my notes at the time, he said he would be fine with just riding the Beast. As far as I remember, somehow he wanted to be part of the march.”

Hutchinson’s testimony about what happened in the car is one of several revelations that came out during the hearing. Hutchinson also said Trump knew some members of the crowd had guns and other weapons at his gathering at the Ellipse before the Capitol riots, but said he didn’t care and wanted them to be in his meeting anyway. would be allowed.

She testified that Trump said something along the lines of, “I don’t care if they have guns. They are not here to hurt me. here. Let the people in. Get rid of the running magazines.’

Trump responded to Hutchinson’s testimony about his… social media startupTruth Social.

“I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, except that I’ve heard very negative things about her (a total fake and ‘leak'”), he wrote.

He also spoke directly about the alleged car incident, calling it both “fake” and “sick” and fraudulent.

“It wouldn’t even have been possible to do something so ridiculous,” Trump added.

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