The January 6 Committee’s credibility has plummeted after claims by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that President Trump “lunged” for the steering wheel of his vehicle and demanded to be taken to the site of the riots were contradicted by the lead Secret Service agent.
Hutchinson testified that Tony Ornato, the then-White House deputy chief of staff, told her that Trump said something like, “I’m the f-ing president, take me up to the Capitol now,” and had “reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel” before then using “his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel,” the the presidential driver.
"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 pic.twitter.com/k84BMa4cnN— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2022
HUTCHINSON SAYS TRUMP INSTIGATED A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION IN THE PRESIDENTIAL VEHICLE TO TRY TO FORCE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS TO TAKE HIM TO THE CAPITOL pic.twitter.com/EFRLGYlfYk— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2022
Despite the legacy media breathlessly reporting Hutchinson’s claims without much skepticism, the term ‘Amber Heard 2.0’ subsequently trended on Twitter as Hutchinson’s assertions were demolished.
Within hours, Peter Alexander of NBC News revealed that Engel was prepared to testify “under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.”
🚨 A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 28, 2022
Trump himself also asserted that the incident never happened.
Secret Service sources also reporter Julio Rosas that the story is “bullshit.”
A Secret Service source told me earlier: “FYI, I’m calling bullshit on the Secret Service story. You think none of us would have never heard of this as an internal rumor? No fucking way.” https://t.co/NqEoljvBeD— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 28, 2022
Hutchinson appears to be pursuing a personal vendetta against Trump because he “personally turned her request her down” when she tried to get a job at Mar-a-Lago.
The corrupt J6 committee’s new SURPRISE WITNESS was so appalled by Trump and J6 that she…was planning to go work for Trump at his FL residence eight days *after* January 6 (article was published on January 14, 2021).— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 28, 2022
This Soviet show trial is a joke. https://t.co/tkj7IqflwG pic.twitter.com/YdcYTGJyJH
Hutchinson also apparently told another outright lie during her testimony when she claimed she had written a note of a statement for Trump to release on January 6.
The note was actually penned by Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann.
BREAKING: Former White House lawyer Eric Herschmann says that it is not true that Cassidy Hutchinson wrote the handwritten note that she testified on Tuesday that she wrote. He says it's not true because he was the one who wrote the note. https://t.co/jBBtnOwzTn— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 29, 2022
“The handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was in fact written by Eric Herschmann on January 6, 2021,” a spokesperson for Herschmann told ABC News Tuesday evening.
It remains to be seen whether Hutchinson will face any consequences for apparently lying under oath, although the already dubious credibility of the January 6 Committee has taken a further massive blow.
“The January 6 committee clowned itself,” summarized Tim Young.
The Secret Service ultimately has to follow all of the President's orders... So aside from the fact that it was physically/logistically impossible for Trump to try to wrestle the limo steering wheel away... he would've never needed to.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 28, 2022
The January 6 committee clowned itself.
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