- Anthony Zurcher
- BBC correspondent in North America
The congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill did not find the key part of the mystery: evidence provided by a first-person account of the situation in the White House in the hours before and during the attack.
This Tuesday, Cassidy HutchinsonFormer Assistant Chief of Staff to the White House Mark meadowsFilled in the blanks.
His testimony was painted AFor the film DestructiveA About the former president Donald Trump.
The woman accuses the former president of grabbing the wheel of the car in which she was traveling and fighting with an undercover service agent in an attempt to turn her security convoy back to Congress, where her fellow clerics led the uprising.
Trump, in his new self-managed social network, has denied the facts.
In this note we present the key revelations of Hutchinson’s testimony.
They ignored the threat of violence
At the beginning of the process, the White House and the President were aware of the threat of violence on January 6, but the panel made great efforts to establish that nothing had been done to prevent it.
Hutchinson said Meadows, the chief of staff, told him those things “They can be so bad” A few days before the attack.
He also noted that during the investigation, White House agents were warned of possible violence.
In addition, Trump personally knew that members of his rally were armed before the devastation in Congress because the secret service was blocking their way.
Despite the weapons, the President instructed them to continue towards the Capitol.
“I do not care [improperio] That they have weapons. They did not come here to hurt me, “said Hudson, adding that he had heard the president say,” Let my people in. ” They can march from here to the Capitol. “
However, Hutchinson’s strong accounts are secondary.
In front of U.S. lawmakers, a former aide, a White House official, said the president had urged him to address the Capitol after his speech.
Upon learning that his security convoy was returning to his home, he tried to grab the steering wheel and got into a fight with an undercover service agent.
“it’s me [improperio] The president said, “According to Hutchinson, Trump, take me to the Capitol now.”
But a source close to the Secret Service told CBS News that both the agent and the driver who were in the car with Trump were willing to testify under oath. The former president did not attack None of them physically tried to catch the wheel.
Hutchinson also pointed out that the former president had endorsed the demands of those who attacked Congress to “hang” the former vice president. Mike Pence.
“He thinks Mike deserves it,” Hutchinson said.
“He did not think they were doing anything wrong,” he added.
In a court of law, evidence from Tuesday’s hearing will be heard and treated with suspicion.
But, in congressional court, They will explode.
Team members will use the testimony to put pressure on senior Trump officials who have so far refused to speak, such as Pat Cipolon, a top White House adviser.
Hutchinson, 25, who was a coach at White House College four years ago, withstood the pressure of the group on Tuesday, when a team surprisingly announced his testimony.
He answered questions in a calm, formal voice, and was patient when describing the circumstances in which he received the information.
Hutchinson’s office confirmed a few doors from the President’s Oval Office and how he controlled access to Meadows’ office.
In doing so they sought to prove that he was in a special position to listen to conversations between key figures and sometimes testify before the attacks on Capitol.
His collection of the most nuanced events and accounts suggests that he may have recorded events that took place during his tenure as assistant to the chief executive.
The woman has an electronic record of text messages and emails supporting her demands.
Trump went to his social media site to downplay the allegations.
Some of his expressions were similar to those of a former president. Hutchinson said he did not know her, but had heard “very negative” things about her.
He called her a fraud and “leak” and suggested he was bitter that he had not given her a job after he left the White House.
Rejecting many of the scenes he described, he reiterated in his speech before the attacks that the crowd should march to the Capitol. “Quiet”.
Whether the negative stories about Trump’s behavior will affect his popularity among his supporters is always an open question.
Tuesday’s testimony and the previous five hearings may remind some Republicans of the often-revolving turmoil in Trump’s presidency.
While he made some gains among the Conservatives during his tenure, his party did the same. When he left, he lost both Congress and the White House.
As Florida Governor Ron Desantis, a potential rival for 2024, rises in reverse opinion polls against Trump, the inquiries could have done real damage to the former president’s political power.
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