On Tuesday, the House Select Committee presented new evidence and testimony in an additional hearing. This included an appearance by Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as an aide to Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. It also included new information about weapons at the Capitol that day.
While questioning Hutchinson, Representative Liz Cheney brought up the presence of weapons at the rallies and in the Capitol, including blunt weapons, defense sprays, and knives — but she also said, that contrary to the claims of some right-wing politicians, there is sufficient evidence that attendees also had firearms.
She presented radio discussion between law enforcement officers that day, specifically describing individuals with firearms, including pistols and AR15 rifles.
Cheney plays police radio transmissions from January 6 indicating that people had AR-15s near the Ellipse pic.twitter.com/TcUzAMVucj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2022
In further testimony, following this, Hutchinson described her own experiences in that situation, including the then-president, Donald Trump, demanding that the magnetometers be removed. She testified that Trump was informed people were not being allowed in, because they had firearms, and he responded by saying, “Take the effing mags away,” and insisting that the people attending were not present to do any harm to him and should be let in.
She also testified that Trump repeated his intent for the attendees, who he knew were armed, to march to the Capitol after his speech.
Trump was upset that the metal detectors were influencing his crowd size so he demanded they take “the f’ing mags” and that he didn’t care if they had weapons and they could march to the Capitol from there pic.twitter.com/OTzf29jLZY
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 28, 2022
In previous testimony, Hutchinson made it clear that both Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows knew that there was a potential for violence on January 6th, and she had heard mentions of both the Proud Boys and the Oathkeepers.
Hutchinson: 'I just had an interesting conversation with Rudy, Mark. Sounds like we're going to go to the Capitol.' He didn't look up from his phone, and said something to the effect of, 'There's a lot going on, Cass. But, I don't know, things might get real, real bad on Jan. 6.' pic.twitter.com/UUVGLfUPJo
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 28, 2022
She describes Giuliani apparently unable to resist sharing his excitement with her about the imminent events, and Meadows telling her things might get “real, real, bad.”
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