Donald Trump tried to grab Secret Service agent's clavicle and steer limo toward Capitol: Cassidy Hutchinson
After delivering his speech at the Ellipse telling supporters to march “to the Capitol” and promising them “and I’ll be there with you,” then-President Donald Trump got into the presidential limousine determined to see the insurrection, according to testimony Tuesday by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.
Trump, his chief of staff Mark Meadows, the Secret Service, and many others knew rally-goers and insurrectionists had weapons, including AK-47s, Hutchinson, an aide and advisor to Meadows, said.
Hutchinson told the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack that Trump ordered Secret Service to “get rid of the mags,” meaning the magnetometers – metal detectors – so his armed supporters could enter the Ellipse.
“You know, I don’t even care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me,” Trump reportedly said.
Hutchinson also told the Committee that Trump ordered Secret Service to take him to the Capitol after his speech, but they refused.
“I’m the f-ing president! Take me up to the Capitol now!” Trump, irate, demanded, as The Washington Post reports.
“The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going the Capitol,’” Hutchinson averred.
“Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel,” she said. “When Mr. Ornato had recounted this story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicle.”
New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman said Tuesday that Trump is aware the temperature is heating up around investigations of the Capitol riot.
"Look, the line from Trump’s world is he’s not worried about the DOJ investigations," Haberman said. "He’s just angry because these House investigations are quote-unquote, very unfair, in his words. Donald Trump is pretty good at seeing when there’s heat turning up. And, you know, again, I can’t read his mind, can’t see into his heart. But I, based on reporting, don’t believe that it is only about the politics of the situation."
\u201c"I'm the f'n president. Take me up to the Capitol now" -- Hutchinson testifies that Trump GRABBED AT THE STEERING WHEEL of a car to try to force the secret service to take him to the Capitol\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1656437628
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