Trump 'hardly knows' who his key former aide is after testimony
Trump suddenly forgets who his key aide is after she accused him of attempting to "grab the steering wheel of a presidential limousine."
Former US President Donald Trump refuted ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony to a select committee on January 6 alleging that he attempted to grab the steering wheel of a presidential limousine and threw food at a wall in a fit of rage.
Trump was intent on joining the crowd that he urged to march on the Capitol after his speech at the Ellipse on January 6, Hutchinson said, and he became enraged when he learned in the presidential motorcade that they would be returning to the White House.
According to Hutchinson, Trump attempted to take the wheel of the car himself, citing a conversation with former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Anthony Ornato.
Donald Trump assaulted his driver and tried to forcefully take control of his vehicle to go to the Capitol building.— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 28, 2022
This is damning evidence.
“I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her,” Trump said in a post on Truth.
“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 [sic].”
Hutchinson also claimed that Trump threw food at walls in rage on multiple occasions, including after former Attorney General Bill Barr informed the public that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
She told the committee that following the Barr incident, she assisted a White House staff member in removing ketchup from the walls. “Her story of me throwing food is also false … and why would SHE have to clean it up?” Trump also said.
Trump also denied Hutchinson's testimony that he complained about the size of the crowd at the Ellipse rally and urged security to allow more people, including those with weapons, into the event. According to Hutchinson, Trump responded to concerns by claiming that the armed individuals were not there to harm him.
Donald Trump knew supporters had weapons when he urged them to storm the US Capitol to overturn the election result, ex-White House aide tells hearing into the attackhttps://t.co/M1N7ZqLrPs— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 28, 2022
“Never complained about the crowd, it was massive,” Trump said. “I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech. Who would ever want that? Not me! Besides, there were no guns found or brought into the Capitol Building.”
Hutchinson testified as part of the select committee's sixth public hearing in a series intended to highlight Trump's alleged plot to overturn the 2020 election results.
Trump and other critics have claimed that the work of the US House Select Committee is a sham trial designed to score political points ahead of the November elections, citing the FBI's conclusion that there was no insurgency as evidence of the committee's impropriety.