A former White House aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, made a number of explosive claims against former President Donald Trump during testimony Tuesday before the highly partisan House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.
Various elements of Hutchinson’s testimony have been sharply disputed, including by the former president himself, who pushed back with a series of fiery posts to his new social media platform, Truth Social, the Daily Wire reported.
Major allegations against the former president
The Jan. 6 House select committee held a surprise hearing Tuesday that featured live and pre-recorded testimony from Hutchinson, who formerly served as a top aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and she made several bombshell accusations, albeit mostly of a secondhand nature, with regard to what she’d been told about former President Trump’s behavior on that fateful day.
According to CBS News, Hutchinson claimed to have been told that Trump, following his rally at the Ellipse on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, had demanded he be taken directly to the Capitol building, and that once his Secret Service detail refused to do so, Trump attacked one of the agents and attempted to take control of the wheel of the presidential vehicle himself.
She also asserted that Trump had dismissed reports of his supporters being armed and had demanded that metal detectors be taken down, as the armed supporters posed no threat to him.
Hutchinson also recounted an incident prior to Jan. 6 in which a supposedly enraged Trump had thrown his lunch in the White House and she had assisted a valet in cleaning up the remnants of food and broken dishes.
Trump disputes claims
In response to that and other explosive claims from Hutchinson, Trump posted a series of “Truths” to his platform, including one that read, “I did not want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech. Who would ever want that? Not me! Besides, there were no guns found or brought into the Capitol Building … So where were all of these
“Her fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol building is ‘sick’ and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect committee itself — Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” he said in another post. “Her story of me throwing food is also false … and why would SHE have to clean it up, I hardly knew who she was?”
“I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and ‘leaker’), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down,” Trump wrote in one post. “Why did she want to go with us if she felt we were so terrible? I understand that she was very upset and angry that I didn’t want her to go, or be a member of the team. She is bad news!”
Secret Service pushes back against testimony
Politico reported that a spokesman for the Secret Service was critical that the House committee had not informed the agency ahead of the hearing or shared with it the bombshell allegations Hutchinson would make, nor asked any agents or officials to appear, and that the agency intends on “formally responding on the record” to the claims made.
Likewise, National Review reported that multiple outlets have now reported that the Secret Service agents directly involved in the alleged physical altercation have made it known that they are prepared to testify under oath in opposition to the assertions that Hutchinson made.
Finally, as to Trump’s counter-allegations that Hutchinson had initially intended to continue serving at his Mar-a-Lago resort after leaving the White House, that was seemingly confirmed by a Jan. 14, 2021, tweet from Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs, who mentioned Hutchinson along with a few other Trump White House aides.