The testimony of former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson in front of the January 6 committee is helping the media to portray Donald Trump as an aggressive, volatile, and angry president.
They are urging federal prosecutors to take the lead from the testimony in order to sue the former president, who is apparently looking to run for the White House once again in 2024.
Hutchinson Accused Trump of Orchestrating Jan 6 Chaos
Hutchinson recently testified that Trump ordered a takedown of metal detectors near the White House.
She said Trump did not even care if the crowd had weapons with them, since they were not coming to hurt him.
However, Trump dismissed the allegations made by Hutchinson, releasing a statement on his social media outlets and labeling the allegations “fake.” The former president also denied that he approved the entry of armed people.
During the testimony, Hutchinson recalled the December 1, 2020 incident when, according to her, she heard noise coming from the White House hallways.
She later learned that Trump got to know about the interview of then-Attorney General William Barr, in which he denied election fraud allegations. That interview, according to Hutchinson, made Trump, who allegedly smashed his lunch plate on the wall, angry.
As she saw the broken plate, Hutchinson continued, she took a towel to clean it up.
Fmr. President Trump angrily threw his lunch when he learned then-AG Barr had said publicly that the DOJ found no evidence of election fraud, Hutchinson testifies.
“I first noticed there was ketchup dripping down the wall and there was a shattered porcelain plate on the floor." pic.twitter.com/2vZrjfoI9D
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 28, 2022
Hutchinson Lies Caught Red Handed
Likewise, Hutchinson recalled a separate incident on January 6 evening when Trump allegedly tried to grab the steering of the presidential vehicle, asking drivers to take him to Capitol Hill and not the White House.
As per the testimony, Trump yelled at the Secret Service agent that he is “the f’ing president,” but was still directed to take his hands off the wheel.
Though these allegations of Hutchinson faced pushback. A person familiar with the matter and present at the scene claimed the former president never attempted to grab the steering wheel.
Why would Secret Service agents call a junior staffer like Cassidy Hutchinson to give her “bombshell” information about Trump that they didn’t report themselves? Answer: They didn’t. She seems to have made the whole thing up. What does this say about the rest of her testimony?
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 30, 2022
Hutchinson even talked about her interaction with White House counsel Pat Cipollone, in which he told her Trump’s movement to Capitol Hill had to be stopped.
Otherwise, all of them would be charged with “every crime imaginable” for letting the president go to Congress, Cipollone told Hutchinson.
According to Associated Press author Eric Ticker, Hutchinson’s testimony in front of Congress’ January 6 committee suggests the prevailing anger in Trump’s White House during the last days of his tenure.
Although Attorney General Merrick Garland has not hinted at criminal proceedings against the former president, the AP noted Hutchinson’s testimony could eventually pave the way for federal prosecutors to build a case against Trump.
The most problematic thing for Trump, Ticker continued, is his order to uninstall metal detectors to speed up the entry of protesters near the White House, an allegation that Trump already refuted.