Meadows told top aide Cassidy Hutchinson January 6 could be ‘read, real bad’ just days before riot

Hutchinson was revealed to be the surprise witness for Tuesday’s last-minute January 6 hearing
Despite her former role as Mark Meadows’ top White House aide, Hutchinson is only 25 years old
She said former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told her that January 6 would be a ‘great day’ while her boss warned that ‘things could get real, real bad’
Both Giuliani and Meadows allegedly sought pardons from Trump over their efforts linked to January 6
Hutchinson also testified that Trump was ‘furious’ that his armed supporters were not allowed into the official grounds for his Stop The Steal rally on Jan. 6
‘Who cares if they have weapons, they’re not here to hurt me,’ the former president allegedly said
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Donald Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of his presidential vehicle on January 6 and lunged at a Secret Service agent when he was ‘furious’ they would not take him to the US Capitol, said Cassidy Hutchinson, the former assistant to Mark Meadows.

The White House chief of staff’s former top aide, just 25 years old, testified on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff told her that ‘things could get real, real bad on January 6’ just four days before the Capitol riot.

She also claimed her former boss, along with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, sought pardons from the former president linked to their efforts on January 6.

Among the more explosive points of the former staffer’s testimony include Trump’s alleged insistence on joining his supporters at the Capitol – who he was told in advance were armed.

‘I’m the effing president, take me to the Capitol now,’ she said he ordered.

When Secret Service refused, Hutchinson said agents told her that he lunged at the steering wheel of his car – known as The Beast.

‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the Capitol,’ Hutchinson was told Secret Service agent Robert Engel said.

‘Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel,’ Hutchinson recalled.

Former Deputy Chief of Staff Tony Ornato ‘motioned toward his clavicle,’ she added, as a sign the president went for his security detail’s throat.

Other evidence of Trump’s explosive temper came when Hutchinson testified that the former president was so angry that his then-Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that there was no widespread election fraud that he threw food at the wall.

Hutchinson said she ‘first noticed there was ketchup dripping down the wall, and there was a shattered porcelain plate.’

‘The valet had articulated that the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s AP interview and had thrown his lunch against the wall, which was causing them to have to clean up, so I grabbed a towel and started wiping the ketchup off the wall to help the valet out,’ she said.

Her testimony – and the hearing as a whole – also paints a picture of Trump having to be dissuaded from marching to the Capitol with his supporters that day – despite Meadows claiming in his book that the former president was not serious when he told his supporters he’d do so.
Other damning allegations from Hutchinson during her appearance in front of the January 6 committee on Tuesday included:

Hutchinson testified that former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told her ‘things could get real, real bad on January 6’
Four days before the Capitol riot, the ex-White House staffer said Rudy Giuliani told her January 6 would be a ‘great day’
Both Giuliani and Meadows sought pardons from Trump over January 6, Hutchinson told lawmakers
Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney played a video of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleading the Fifth Amendment when asked if he supports the peaceful transfer of power
Cheney also implied that the committee has evidence of Trump and his allies’ witness tampering in the House’s investigation
Trump reportedly knew people with weapons tried to get into his Stop The Steal rally before the riot
He was ‘furious’ that his armed supporters were being kept away because it made his crowd look smaller
The former president lashed out against ‘phony’ Hutchinson on his Truth Social app during the hearing

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