Friday, July 1, 2022

Former White House Aide Testifies Before the January 6 Committee; Said Trump and Others Knew About Potential for Violence

New York Times -On Tuesday, the January 6th Committee held an unanticipated hearing to reveal explosive testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, President Trump’s Chief of Staff. Hutchinson said the former President and other White House officials knew of the potential for violence before January 6 from the white supremacist groups who showed up at the Capitol that day, and that  people in the crowd at Trump’s speech on Jan. 6 were armed . Hutchinson testified that Meadows seemed to have little reaction to and Trump did not care the insurrection was occurring, with Trump even encouraging the rioters to continue marching on the Capitol. Hutchinson added that several people asked Trump to make a statement to call off the attack and he refused. She recounted conversations she had with White House staff who said the former President became enraged when the Secret Service refused to take him to the Capitol because he wanted to join the rioters. (link)

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