WASHINGTON | Donald Trump knew some of his supporters were armed when he called for them to march up Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, and then attempted to drive a limousine to join them, according to damning testimony released on Jan submitted to Congress on Tuesday.
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Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House staffer, revealed before a parliamentary committee the exact actions and gestures of the former president on a day that shook American democracy.
According to this young woman, Donald Trump attempted to take the wheel of the presidential car from a Secret Service officer in order to blend in with his supporters who were marching toward Congress to block confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
“Take Me to the Capitol”
“I’m the damn president, get me to the Capitol right now,” he allegedly said, trying to grab the officer by the collar, according to statements relayed to Cassidy Hutchinson by the president’s deputy chief of staff.
“Sir, you have to take your hand off the wheel, we’re going back” to the White House, the police officer would have replied.
This young woman, who worked just steps from the Oval Office, also shared disturbing details about what the American executive branch knew about the violence that unfolded before ‘6. January” prepared.
This includes a conversation she allegedly had with Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, four days before the attack on the US Congress. “It could get really, really bad on January 6th,” he reportedly said.
“I remember that night for the first time I felt dread and dread of what might happen on January 6, 2021,” she said in a statement that could force Mark Meadows to break the silence on his version to provide the facts.
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On that cold January day, thousands of Donald Trump supporters gathered in Washington to denounce the election result that the Republican billionaire lost.
The parliamentary committee revealed Tuesday that several people in that tide of people were heavily armed, information relayed to Donald Trump at the time.
“I don’t care if they’re armed, they’re not here to hurt me,” the president reportedly replied minutes before inviting them “to go to the Capitol,” said Ms Hutchinson, who distanced herself from the Trump fog, before the parliamentary commission of inquiry.
For nearly a year, this commission has heard more than 1,000 witnesses, including two of the former president’s children, and combed through 140,000 documents to shed light on Donald Trump’s precise maneuvers before, during and after this event that set off a global shockwave.
ketchup on the walls
These nine elected officials — seven Democrats and two Republicans who have been rejected by their party — accuse Donald Trump and his entourage of being at the center of a “coup attempt.”
Supporting videos and testimonies throughout June detailed the pressure the billionaire was exerting from all sides to remain in power, until his supporters attacked the Capitol.
The presidential limousine episode wasn’t Donald Trump’s only outburst of violence as he tried to overturn the election results, Tuesday witnesses said.
Cassidy Hutchinson also pointed to the day of December 1, 2020, when US Attorney General Bill Barr said in an interview that he had not found sufficient “fraud” to invalidate Joe Biden’s presidential victory. The billionaire then allegedly threw a china plate on the floor and threw ketchup at a wall in the White House, she said.
Donald Trump, who has openly flirted with the idea of running for president in 2024, has vehemently denounced all of these revelations.
“It’s twisted and wrong, as is all the work of the commission,” he said in a series of posts on his social network, Truth Social.
In a sign of the deep political chasm dividing America, his party, which still controls Donald Trump with an iron fist, has already pledged to bury the conclusions of that commission if he takes control of the House of Representatives mid-year. Parliamentary elections in November.