Secret Service Stands Up for Trump
Secret Service members are preparing to testify in favor of Trump regarding his behavior on Jan. 6. We must pray for an end to lies.
From Daily Mail. Secret Services is reportedly prepared to push back against claims that President Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of his presidential vehicle and lunged at Secret Service when agents refused to take him to the Capitol.
Such allegations were made by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Mark Meadows, who said she had heard the tale second hand.
Bobby Engel, the lead agent on Trump’s detail, and the presidential driver at the time are prepared to testify under oath to the committee that Hutchinson’s testimony is incorrect, according to multiple news outlets.
The Secret Service promised in a public statement after the hearing to respond to the allegations.
‘The United States Secret Service has been cooperating with the Select Committee since its inception in spring 2021, and will continue to do so, including by responding on the record to the Committee regarding the new allegations surfaced in today’s testimony….’
Among the more explosive points of the former staffer’s testimony include Trump’s alleged insistence on joining his supporters at the Capitol – who he was told in advance were armed.
‘I’m the effing president, take me to the Capitol now,’ she said he ordered.
When Secret Service refused, Hutchinson said agents told her that he lunged at the steering wheel of his car – known as The Beast.
‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the Capitol,’ Hutchinson was told Secret Service agent Robert Engel said.
‘Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel,’ Hutchinson recalled….
Trump denied Hutchinson’s testimony in a statement on his social media platform, Truth Social.
‘Her fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol is “sick” and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself – Wouldn’t have even been possible to do such a ridiculous thing….’
Her testimony – and the hearing as a whole – also paints a picture of Trump having to be dissuaded from marching to the Capitol with his supporters that day – despite Meadows claiming in his book that the former president was not serious when he told his supporters he’d do so.
‘I was aware of a desire of the president to potentially march to the or accompany rally attendees to the Capitol,’ former Trump aide Nick Luna testified in a videotaped deposition shown on Tuesday.
A National Security Council chat log shown by the committee suggests he was hell-bent on going with supporters and staffers were ‘begging him to reconsider.’
During her live testimony, Hutchinson recalled a conversation with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy during which he allegedly begged her to dissuade Trump from going to the Capitol….
Hutchinson also told the January 6 committee that Trump was ‘furious’ that some of his supporters, who were armed, could not get into the official grounds of his Stop the Steal rally near the White House that directly preceded the riot.
He was apparently angry that the size of the crowd coming to hear him speak did not appear as big as he wanted it to – due to his armed supporters not getting past the security magnetometers….
The committee then played a clip of Trump’s comments at the rally urging his supporters to march to the Capitol – words that appeared stark in the context of testimony claiming he knew they presented a security risk….
Toward the end of the first half of the hearing, Trump took to his app Truth Social to say he ‘hardly knows’ Hutchinson.
‘I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and a ‘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 now,’ he said….
Hutchinson also confirmed reports from the time of the riot that Trump’s Cabinet was considering invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the then-president from office – and that it was former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who brought it to her boss’s attention….
She told lawmakers in her first public testimony of the investigation that Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani told her January 6 would be a ‘great day’ as she escorted him out of a White House meeting earlier that month….
When she asked Giuliani what he meant, Hutchinson said he replied: ‘We’re going to the Capitol. It’s going to be great. The president’s going to be there, he’s going to look powerful….’
Hutchinson testified that she went straight to Meadows and told him about her ‘interesting’ conversation with the disbarred attorney.
‘There’s a lot going on, Cass. I don’t know, things could get real, real bad on January 6th,’ she recalled Meadows saying….
Hutchinson has been deposed by the committee at least three times behind closed doors for a combined nearly 20 hours.
She’s previously told lawmakers that Trump showed support for rioters in the US Capitol who were chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence’ and that she saw the president’s former chief of staff burn pages in his office after a meeting with GOP Rep. Scott Perry.
Hutchinson told lawmakers on Tuesday that she was ‘disgusted’ by Trump tweeting that Pence ‘lacked courage’ after the former vice president rejected his boss’s plot to overturn President Joe Biden’s electoral victory….
Lawmakers are focused on whether the former president and his children were involved in a plot to send in fake electors to upend Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. The Justice Department has separately subpoenaed at least nine people linked to the scheme.
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(Excerpt from Daily Mail. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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