A former Trump ally said Trump lunged at Secret Service agents on Jan. 6 to try to reach the Capitol.
The aide said Trump tried to grab the wheel and said, “I’m the effing president!”
Secret Service agents are willing to testify that former President Donald Trump did not attempt to lunge at them or take control of the vehicle to lead the car to the Capitol while agents were driving on Jan. 6, 2021. CBS News and NBC News reported.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, told the House select committee investigation into the riots of Tuesday, January 6, that Trump wanted to go to the Capitol, knowing his supporters were armed there.
It is unclear whether the violent rioting had occurred at the time or whether Trump was aware of it.
She said that Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in the car, tried to grab the wheel and said, “I’m the effing president!” as he demanded to be taken to the Capitol.
But a source close to the Secret Service told CBS News that both the driver of the car and Robert Engel — a Secret Service agent who was then the head of Trump’s security agency — are willing to testify under oath that Trump will not the car has failed. send and that Trump did not attack them verbally or physically.
Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesperson, also told CBS News that the group “has been working with the Select Committee since its inception in the spring of 2021 and will continue to do so, including by officially responding to the committee regarding the new allegations emerged in today’s testimony.”
Peter Alexander, White House chief correspondent for NBC News, tweeted on Tuesday that a source close to the Secret Service told him Engels and the driver are “willing to testify under oath that neither man was attacked and that Mr. Trump never jumped at the wheel.”
Three agents who accompanied Trump that day also dispute the idea that he tried to grab the wheel or go after agents, a current and a former law enforcement officer told The Washington Post†
Some former Trump aides have described Hutchinson’s allegations as damning, while others have tried to downplay her credibility. Insider’s Kimberly Leonard, Warren Rojas and Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported.
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