Cassidy Hutchinson said that President Donald Trump was adamant about his attorney general’s statements regarding the 2020 election. Hutchinson was a top aide of President Donald Trump’s chief staff Mark Meadows.Before the House committee investigating Jan. 6, she stated that she saw ketchup drip on the wall following the Dec. 1, 2020 incident.
Attorney General William Barr had spoken to the Associated Press there wasn’t enough evidence to prove widespread fraud during the 2020 election.
Hutchinson said that she was in her workplace when she heard noises from down the hall. “I poked my head out of the office and I saw the valet walking towards our office. He said to get the chief down to the dining room, the president wants them,”Hutchinson testified. “Mark [Meadows] went down to the dining room, came back to the office a few minutes later.”
Hutchinson walked into the dining room to see that Meadows had returned. “and the valet was inside the dining room changing the tablecloth off of the table,”She spoke.
“He motioned for me to come in. He pointed towards the front of the room near the fireplace mantle and the TV, where I first noticed there was ketchup dripping on the wall and there was a shattered porcelain plate on the floor,”She spoke.
“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,”She spoke. “So, I grabbed a towel, and started wiping the ketchup off the wall to help the valet out.”
“He said something to the effect of, ‘He’s really ticked off about this. I would stay clear of him for right now. He’s really, really ticked off right now,'”She spoke.
Rep. Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the Committee, asked if this was the only scenario Hutchinson knew about when Mr. Trump threw plates. She replied that it is not.
“Are there other instances in the dining room where you recall he expressed his anger?”Hutchinson was asked by the Wyoming Republican.
“There will several times throughout my tenure at the chief of staff, that I was aware of him either throwing dishes, or flipping the tablecloth to let all of the contents of the table go onto the floor to likely break or go everywhere,”Hutchinson stated.
Barr also testified about the reaction of Mr. Trump during their first meeting following publication of the article. Barr stated to him that he would resign. “He pounded the table very hard. Everyone sort of jumped. And he said, ‘Accepted,'”Barr stated in previous testimony.
Hutchinson testified Tuesday that Anthony Ornato (a senior Secret Service official) told her Jan. 6, 2020 that Donald Trump was angry that he hadn’t gone to the Capitol.
Hutchinson claimed Ornato told Hutchinson that Trump was being driven back home to the White House by Ornato. “reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel,”Bobby Engel was the head of security at that time and drove.
“Mr. Engel grabbed his arm and said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We are going back to the west wing. We are not going to the Capitol,'”Hutchinson retold. “Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge toward Bobby Engel, he had motioned towards his clavicles.”
Engle was present as Ornato shared the story with Hutchinson. Hutchinson said that Engle didn’t correct or disagree with the story.
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