The partisan House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021 held a surprise hearing this week that featured seemingly damning testimony against former President Donald Trump from a former White House aide named Cassidy Hutchinson.
Among many claims made, Hutchinson alleged that Trump had attacked a Secret Service agent and attempted to seize the wheel of the presidential vehicle to drive to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but Trump just dismissed that claim as “fraudulent” and “ridiculous,” Breitbart reported.
He also disputed as “false” a claim from Hutchinson that he, in a fit of rage, had thrown his lunch against a wall in the White House and created a mess that she then had to help clean up.
Former aide claims Trump assaulted Secret Service agents
Hutchinson, who had served as a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified under oath before the patently anti-Trump House committee this week and provided details — albeit mostly based on hearsay and second-hand accounts — of what had occurred before and during the riot at the Capitol building.
One of her claims was that, following the conclusion of his rally speech at the Ellipse, Trump had demanded that he be taken to the Capitol building instead of the White House, and that a physical altercation had ensued when the president’s Secret Service detail refused to do so for security reasons.
Hutchinson alleged that she had been told by Tony Ornato, then the deputy chief of staff for operations, that Trump had then attempted to grab the wheel of the armored SUV he was riding in while also physically assaulting the head of his security detail who was riding in the front passenger seat.
“Fake story” is “fraudulent” and a “ridiculous thing”
In response to Hutchinson’s testimony, the former president fired off a series of posts on his Truth Social platform to attack and disparage her credibility, one of which focused in on the allegation of a physical altercation in the presidential vehicle.
“Her Fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House Limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol Building is ‘sick’ and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself — Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” Trump wrote.
Additional posts were made to Trump’s Truth account on Wednesday that further questioned Hutchinson’s credibility as well as that of the partisan committee and media who amplified her uncorroborated allegations based on second-hand hearsay.
Secret Service disputes Hutchinson’s account of events
It isn’t just Trump expressing skepticism about elements of Hutchinson’s testimony, though, as NBC News reported that unnamed sources within the Secret Service have disputed her claims and asserted that both the driver and the head of the security detail, Bobby Engel, were prepared to testify publicly to the committee to that effect.
One source acknowledged to NBC that Hutchinson was correct insofar as Trump had wanted to go to the Capitol building after his speech but had been barred from doing so by the Secret Service, and said, “He was not pleased to hear that, but there was no escalation of any type of assault on that.”
The outlet noted that the Secret Service also issued an official statement in response to Hutchinson’s testimony, and said, “The Secret Service has been cooperating fully with the select committee since its inception in spring of 2021, and we will continue to do so by responding formally and on the record to the committee regarding new allegations that surfaced in yesterday’s testimony.”