Trump reportedly wanted to join Capitol riot, researchers find

In Hutchinson’s appearance before the committee last week, Hutchinson painted a picture of Trump as an angry, rebellious president trying to get armed supporters to avoid security screenings during a rally on the morning of January 6 to protest his 2020 election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden. .

Legal experts have said Cassidy’s testimony is potentially problematic for Trump as federal prosecutors investigate possible criminal wrongdoing.

House Select Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney.

House Select Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney.Credit:AP

“There can be more than one criminal reference,” Cheney said in an interview that aired Sunday (US time). She said the committee will decide later in the process whether to proceed.

Cassidy also narrated a conversation with Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, who, she testified, said Trump later grabbed the wheel of the presidential SUV when the Secret Service refused to let him go to the Capitol after the rally.

However, that account was quickly disputed. Bobby Engel, the Secret Service agent who controlled Trump, and Ornato are willing to testify under oath that no agent was attacked and that Trump never took the wheel, said a person familiar with the case. The person would not discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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In recent days, the commission has subpoenaed former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and asked for more information from Ornato and Engel, who were previously interviewed by investigators.

The committee members hope that Cipollone will come forward.

“He clearly has information about concerns about criminal violations, concerns about the president going to the Capitol that day, concerns that the chief of staff will have blood on his hands if they don’t do more to stop that violent attack on the Capitol,” Schiff said. . “It’s hard to imagine anyone taking center stage.”

The committee also worked to set up an interview with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She was asked to speak to the committee after revelations of her communications with Trump’s team leading up and the day of the Capitol uprising.

Kinzinger appeared on CNN’s State of the UnionSchiff was on CBS’ Face the nation and Cheney appeared on ABC’s This week

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