This is not good.
In bombshell testimony, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior aide to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, relayed how a frustrated former President Trump got into an altercation with his head of security detail after the driver of his presidential car refused to transport him to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Testifying on Tuesday (June 28), Hutchinson recalled the incident she had been told about by Tony Ornato, a Secret Service agent who served as the White House deputy chief of staff for operations.
In her recollection, she mentioned Trump’s exacerbation to get to the Capitol led to a physical altercation between Trump and Robert Engel.
But the physical altercation wasn’t the only bombshell revelation during Hutchinson’s testimony before the panel. Her retelling of events, which included remarks made by Rudy Giuliani and Meadows, painted a White House in disarray as aides tried to convince then-President Trump to intervene in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack but only got rebuttals from him.
Hutchinson’s testimony depicted a general understanding among Meadows and Giuliani that the march to the Capitol would devolve into something far worse, with the pair suggesting they would seek presidential pardons.
Hutchinson testified that on Jan. 2, 2021, Giuliani told her, “We’re going to the Capitol. It’s going to be great. The President is going to be there, he’s going to look powerful.”
The former aide then recalled how when she approached Meadows about Giuliani’s remarks, he said, “There’s a lot going on, Cass, but I don’ know. Things might get real, real bad on Jan. 6.”