Two U.S. Secret Service agents who were with former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 said they would testify that he did not lunge at the wheel of an official vehicle or assault agents who refused to take him to the Capitol, as a former aide to Mark Meadows testified at the 1/6 House committee hearings Tuesday.
Cassidy Hutchinson said that Trump exploded on Bobby Engel and the other agent assigned to Trump when he got into his car after speaking at the Ellipse and was told he wasn’t going to the Capitol.
“I’m the f—ing president. Take me up to the Capitol now,” Hutchinson said that Trump said to the agents.
The testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson was hearsay from another White House aide, Tony Ornato, but somewhere down the aisle the whispering got a bit messed up, Secret Service agent Tony Ornato and another officer claimed.
Fox News reported that the committee and the Secret Service were now in talks about whether the men would testify at the hearings and whether one or both of the men would appear on camera.
Hutchinson’s lawyer, Jody Hunt, who was also a DOJ official under Trump, tweeted, “Ms. Hutchinson testified, under oath, and recounted what she was told. Those with knowledge of the episode also should testify under oath.”
Democrats have been using the hearings in an attempt to smear Trump and blame him for the protesters entering the Capitol unauthorized, milling around and committing acts of minor vandalism.
It would make sense that Trump wanted to go to the Capitol after telling protesters to go there after his speech, but that the Secret Service felt it was too risky.
Testimony from the Secret Service agents about the events and the conversation inside the vehicle would also be more credible than hearsay, however.
Outsized outrage covering up the real issue
It wasn’t long after Trump’s speech was finished that the Capitol was breached, though it wasn’t clear whether those who heard Trump speak were the same ones who breached the Capitol. The sheer number of protesters in Washington, D.C. that day should be an indication of the general feeling among Republicans that something with the election wasn’t quite right.
It is this realization that Democrats are doing their best to prevent with their outsized outrage over the protesters’ behavior.
We are supposed to look at the George Floyd protests not as lawbreaking but as an indication of the size of the problem of police treatment of people of color, but we are only supposed to look at the events of January 6 as lawbreaking.
To do otherwise would be to admit that there could be some legitimacy to protesters’ anger and Trump’s claims of election tampering, even if he was never able to conclusively prove that massive election fraud stole the election from him.