Former aide Cassidy Hutchinson testifies about January 6 warnings, pardon requests and Trump trying to grab the steering wheel

Cassidy Hutchinsonan aide to the former White House chief of staff mark the meadowsoffered explosive testimony on Tuesday that former President Trump wanted to go to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 — even grabbing the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle and rushing at his security chief when told he couldn’t go, she said.

The former Hutchinson boss did not comply with subpoenas to appear before the committee. She testified Tuesday that he and Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giulani asked for presidential pardon.

Among Hutchinson’s extraordinary revelations was that Trump learned that the crowd at his rally at the Ellipse before the Capitol riot had guns and other weapons. She testified that Trump said “something to the effect of, ‘I don’t care if they have guns. They’re not here to hurt me. Take out the effing mags. Let my people in. They can marching on the Capitol of Let people in. Take off the effing mags,” referring to the magnetometers, or metal detectors, used for security screening.

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Cassidy Hutchinson appears during a public hearing of the United States House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, at the Capitol in Washington, June 28, 2022.


Hutchinson also testified that Giuliani told him on Jan. 2, “‘Cass, are you excited for the 6th? It’s going to be a great day.'”

Hutchinson said Tuesday that she asked Giuliani to explain the meaning of January 6. She said he replied, “We’re going to the Capitol. It’s going to be great. The president is going to be there, he’s going to look powerful,” and he encouraged her to speak with Meadows.

After Giuliani left the White House campus, Hutchinson said she asked Meadows about Jan. 6 and he said “‘looks like we’re going to the Capitol'”.

“‘There’s a lot going on on Cass, but I don’t know, things could get really bad on January 6,'” Meadows told Hutchinson, she recalled.

Hutchinson also testified to Trump’s anger after Attorney General Bill Barr told The Associated Press in an interview after the 2020 election that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change his outcome. .

Entering the White House dining room, Hutchinson observed a valet changing the tablecloth. The valet gestured to the fireplace mantel and the television, she said.

“I first noticed there was ketchup dripping down the wall and there was a broken china plate on the floor,” she told the committee. “The valet had explained that the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s AP interview and had thrown his lunch against the wall.”

Hutchinson then grabbed a towel to help him and recalled the valet telling him about Trump, “he’s really excited about it. I’ll stay away from him for now.”

At a previous hearing, the Jan. 6 panel played video clips of Barr’s testimony. In this excerpt, he said: “I went over there and told my secretary that I’d probably be fired and they told me not to… not to go back to my office, so I I said, ‘You might have to pack your bags for me’.”

At the end of the hearing, House Jan. 6 Committee Deputy Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney said some of the witnesses who appeared before the committee had received messages from some inside members of Trump’s circle. . She read some of the texts, including one that read “he wants me to let you know he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal.”

“Most Americans know that trying to influence witnesses to testify falsely presents very serious concerns,” Cheney said in closing, noting that the committee will discuss how to proceed.

Hutchinson’s testimony came amid a two-week hiatus and was unexpectedly called just days after the committee said there would be no more hearings until July. Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said Tuesday’s hearing was called because the information Hutchinson had was “pretty urgent.”

“Ms. Hutchinson is justifiably proud of her service to the country as the President’s special assistant,” Hutchinson’s attorneys, Jody Hunt and William Jordan, said in a statement. “While she did not seek to draw attention to her testimony today, she believes it was her duty and responsibility to provide the committee with her truthful and candid observations of the events surrounding January 6. Ms Hutchinson believes that January 6 was a horrible day for the country, and it is vital for the future of our democracy that it does not happen again.”

The committee is expected to resume hearings in July.

Previous hearings have focused on Trump’s pressure campaigns on all branches of government, from Vice President Mike Pence and the justice department all the way up state legislators and local election officials.

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