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Trump Ignored Secret Service Warnings About Potential Capitol Violence Two Days Before Insurrection

Trump Ignored Secret Service Warnings About Potential Capitol Violence Two Days Before Insurrection

The January 6th House Select Committee cited a deposition from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson in their Friday court filing that revealed stunning details about the days leading up to the attack on the Capitol.

According to a deposition Hutchinson gave in March which was just released publicly late Friday night, she revealed that the U.S. Secret Service gave warnings about violence at the Capitol to the White House. But despite this and other warnings, Trump still incited the attendees at the January 6th “Save America” rally to march to the Capitol to ‘take back your country,'” the court filing said. “Despite urgent pleas from Capitol Hill and from many of President Trump’s supporters, President Trump did not act immediately to publicly ask or instruct the violent rioters [to] leave the Capitol.”

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The filing also states that it is clear that Trump never contacted the Department of Defense that day to dispatch help. “It is also now clear that Mr. Trump never telephoned his Secretary of Defense that day to order the deployment of National Guard, and never contacted any federal law enforcement agency to order security assistance to the Capitol Police,” the filing explained. “Information received by the Select Committee indicates that Mr. Trump was in the dining room, watching on his TV, and did not urge his supporters to leave the Capitol for over three hours. And even at 4:17 p.m. when he released a video, Trump told those in the Capitol ‘we love you. You’re very special,’ and at 6:01 p.m. he tweeted, ‘Remember this day forever!'”

“Certain text communications with Members of Congress suggest that Mr. Meadows himself ‘pushed’ for Vice President Pence to take unilateral action to reject the counting of electoral votes on January 6th,” the Committee also says in the filing.

Read the full filing here.

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