WASHINGTON — House committee members investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol bombing are calling for more Trump administration witnesses to testify, building on evidence and testimony already gathered, including the bomb revelations Tuesday from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.
The latest on the January 6 investigation:
Cheney again calls Cipollone to talk: Jan. 6 commission vice-chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. Position to know how former President Donald Trump prepared for January 6 and how he responded to the attack. The committee chair argued for potential witnesses: In a closing statement, committee chairperson Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., potential witnesses said, “If you suddenly remember things you’ve forgotten, or have gathered courage…our door is open. “What next for the committee?: The committee has not scheduled a new hearing. Tuesday was the sixth in a series on the committee’s findings.
Cassidy Hutchinson’s ‘flammable’ testimony: Surprise January 6 witness quietly drops bombshells.
Trump anger: Hutchinson’s testimony portrays the president as unhinged at the end of the term
Hutchinson’s testimony painted a picture of a president prone to outrage when his efforts to undo the 2020 election failed, and his term approached.
Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 committee that Trump was so enraged by a December 2020 Associated Press story in which former Attorney General Bill Barr said he had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud that he threw his lunch against the wall and threw a china plate and sending ketchup dripping down the wall.
As he left the January 6 rally at the Ellipse, Trump tried to grab the wheel of the vehicle he’d just gotten into when he learned that his intelligence agency wouldn’t take him to the Capitol.
– Rick Rouan
Trump White House knew of the potential for violence on Jan. 6, says Hutchinson
Former President Donald Trump and his top officials knew that violence was imminent on Jan. 6, but they planned to stay in power.
Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said on Tuesday she heard Trump tell the staff on Jan. 6 that he was not concerned about people carrying guns to his rally preceding the Capitol riot and his top officials. I knew before that day that violence was possible.
“They’re not here to hurt me,” Trump said, according to Hutchinson.
Cassidy Hutchinson portrayed Trump as so unhinged in his last days in office that he lunged at a Secret Service agent and smashed plates.
– Rick Rouan
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Historians call Hutchinson’s testimony a ‘big deal.’
Two notable figures in American history — one historian, another a key player in another White House scandal — said Hutchinson’s testimony could change the course of history.
“Never in history have we heard before Congress such a shocking testimony against a president of the United States,” noted presidential historian Michael Beschloss.
John Dean, a former White House counsel imprisoned in President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, said Hutchinson’s testimony “WAS A BIG DEAL AND IT WILL GET BIGGER!”
– Rick Rouan
Ginni Thomas’s lawyer sees no need for her to testify, despite two commission requests dated January 6
Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wouldn’t be able to testify before the committee anyway.
The commission twice asked for her testimony after learning that she exchanged texts with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and emails with former President Donald Trump’s attorney John Eastman.
Ginni Thomas told The Daily Caller on June 16 that she was eager to testify. But her attorney, Mark Paoletta, responded to the commission’s formal request on Tuesday with an eight-page letter questioning why her testimony was needed. He said the emails with Eastman, texts with Meadows, and a letter she sent to state lawmakers about alleged voter fraud provided no basis for an interview.
“As she has already indicated, Ms. Thomas would like to clear her name and is willing to appear before the committee to do so,” Paoletta wrote. “However, based on my understanding of the communications that prompted the committee’s request, I do not understand the need to speak to Ms. Thomas.”
– Bart Jansen
Cheney urges Cipollone to testify before Jan. 6 commission
Cheney reiterated her request for former White House attorney Pat Cipollone to testify in a Wednesday morning tweet.
Hutchinson described in her testimony that Cipollone warned against allowing Trump to visit the Capitol with the mob of his supporters because he could be charged with “every crime imaginable”.
“It’s time for Mr. Cippollone to testify officially,” Cheney tweetThe need for his testimony outweighs any concerns he has about the institutional interests of his previous officeimony.”
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Hutchinson said Trump demanded he visits the Capitol on January 6.
Hutchinson also told the committee that White House deputy chief of staff for operations, Anthony Ornato, described Trump demanding to go to the Capitol as his security detail drove him back to the White House after his January 6, 2021, meeting.
Ornato described Trump trying to grab the vehicle’s wheel and reach for one of his Secret Service agents, Hutchinson said.
“The president said something like, ‘I’m the damn president. Take me to the Capitol now,'” Hutchinson quoted Ornato as telling her.
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Secret Service Responds After Hutchinson Testified About Trump Vehicle Fumbling
NBC reported that Robert Engel, the lead agent assigned to Trump’s vehicle, and the driver were willing to testify under oath that neither man had been assaulted and that Trump never attempted to grab the wheel.
The Secret Service released a statement saying it has “fully cooperated with the select committee since its inception in the spring of 2021, and we will continue to do so, including by formally and officially responding to the committee regarding new allegations raised in today’s testimony have emerged.”
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Hutchinson’s lawyer challenges other witnesses to testify
In response to the NBC report, Hutchinson’s attorney, Jody Hunt, questioned other potential witnesses to testify under oath about the Trump episode in his car.
“Mrs. Hutchinson testified under oath and told what she was told,” Hunt said. “Those with knowledge of the episode should also testify under oath.”
Hutchinson said Cipollone warned against Trump’s visit to the Capitol
Cipollone stressed on Jan. 3, 2021, and Jan. 6, 2021, that Trump should not visit the Capitol because the move could expose him to criminal charges, such as inciting a riot, Hutchinson said.
“We will be charged with every crime imaginable if we make that move possible,” Hutchinson quoted Cipollone on Jan. 6.
“We have to make sure this doesn’t happen,” Hutchinson quoted Cipollone telling her on Jan. 3. “This would be a bad ideforfl concern if we go to the Cap, we have serious legal concerns to that day.”
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Hutchinson: Trump Knew Mafia Was Armed
Police informed White House officials that people near where Trump was due to speak on Jan. 6 were armed with AR-15-style rifles and Glock-style pistols.
But Hutchinson said Trump was unconcerned and urged security officials to remove metal detectors so a larger crowd could follow his speech.
“They’re not here to hurt me,” Hutchinson quoted Trump saying. “Let the people in.”
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