Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

She depicted a president flailing in anger and prone to violent outbursts

 

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified about how former President Donald Trump reacted in his vehicle after being told he was not able to go to the Capitol from the Ellipse on Jan. 6, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continued to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump rebuffed his own security's warnings about armed protesters in the Jan. 6 rally crowd and made desperate attempts to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol, according to dramatic new testimony Tuesday before the House committee investigating the 2021 insurrection.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a little-known former White House aide, described an angry, defiant president that day who was trying to let armed protesters avoid security screenings at a rally that morning to protest his 2020 election defeat and who later grabbed at the steering wheel of the presidential SUV when the Secret Service refused to let him go to the Capitol.

And when the events at the Capitol spiraled toward violence, with the crowd chanting to "Hang Mike Pence," she testified that Trump declined to intervene.

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