The January 6th Committee’s latest hearing is revealing a lot more about the behind-the-scenes activity on January 6th, including the truth about Donald Trump’s plan to join his fans at the U.S. Capitol Building. According to this new testimony, the former president wanted badly to go to the Capitol that day, so badly that he got physical over it — and it wasn’t the first time he’d shown violent behavior. Meanwhile, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy was reportedly fighting to keep Trump away from the electoral vote count.
Cassidy Hutchinson, after firing a Trump-connected attorney, seems to have found herself willing to disclose far more about the events surrounding January 6th than previously. In part, she testified about what McCarthy said to her as the President told his crowd he would march with them to the Capitol Building.
Rep. Liz Cheney asks Hutchinson about how Kevin McCarthy began calling White House officials when Trump said he was going to the Capitol: pic.twitter.com/h6obrDVYAC
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Her testimony and text messages document that McCarthy contacted her to ask, “Do you guys think you’re coming to my office?”
Hutchinson says that McCarthy was “frustrated and angry,” because she had said that Trump would not be going to the Capitol, and Trump had just said the opposite on stage.
Trump, by contrast, was determined to go, so much so that Hutchinson testifies he tried to grab the wheel of a limo that was to take him back to the White House, and tried to physically attack a Secret Service member when he was prevented from controlling the steering wheel.
Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson testifies that she heard Donald Trump wanted to go to the Capitol so badly on 1/6 that he lunged to grab the steering wheel of the Beast and then put his hands on a Secret Service agent when they took him back to the White House. pic.twitter.com/NrTcxjn5oL
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Hutchinson further testified that this was not the only time Trump had acted in physical violence during his White House term, describing him throwing dishes in the dining room when he was angry.
The full hearing can be viewed at CSPAN here.
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