This past Tuesday, former President Donald Trump stepped up to issue a response to the recent allegations slammed against him by one former White House staffer that was giving testimony at the January 6th House select committee hearing and questioned the base crediblity of the witness.
One former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, 25-year-old Cassidy Hutchinson, made the claim that on the day of the January 6, 2021 rally turned riot, Trump attempted to force members of the Secret Service to take him over to the U.S. Capitol Building, and that when denied because the area could not be secured, the former president went into a rage.
Hutchinson also claimed that Trump lunged forward in an attempt to grab the steering wheel of the armored presidential limousine but was stopped by Bobby Engal, the head of the security detail at the time, was forced to tell him, “Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel.” Hutchinson then claimed Trump assaulted the agent in response to being denied.
Continuing the testimony, Hutchinson stated that Trump was outright “furious” that quite a few of his supporters chose to not go into the rally space on the 6th of January, 2021, because there were magnetometers, also known as “mags,” that were being used to screen for weapons.
“I don’t f***ing care that they have weapons,” stated Hutchinson about what she claims to have heard Trump state to members of the Secret Service. “They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f***ing mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here.”
The response from Trump to these allegations was issued via a post on social media: “I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and ‘leaker’), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down.”
“Why did she want to go with us if she felt we were so terrible?” questioned Trump. “I understand that she was very upset and angry that I didn’t want her to go, or be a member of the team. She is bad news!”
The claim from Trump that Hutchinson did attempt to work for him once he left the White House has been corroborated by a tweet on January 14th, 2021, by Jennifer Jacobs with Bloomberg News, who stated: “Aides had assumed Trump would fly to Mar-a-Lago when he leaves White House but now it’s definite: he’s heading to Florida, and several aides will continue to work for him, including Nick Luna, Molly Michael, Cassidy Hutchinson.”
NEWS: Aides had assumed Trump would fly to Mar-a-Lago when he leaves White House but now it’s definite: he’s heading to Florida, and several aides will continue to work for him, including Nick Luna, Molly Michael, Cassidy Hutchinson, sources tell me and @SalehaMohsin. Story TK.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 15, 2021
At a later point, Trump added that he did not “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,” Trump went on “So where were all of these guns?”
Trump stated that her allegations that he made moves to grab the wheel of the car were “fake” and that said allegation was “sick and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself.”
“Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” he concluded. “Her story of me throwing food is also false…and why would SHE have to clean it up, I hardly knew who she was?”