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THE 6th HEARING
29 June 2022
"They aren't here to hurt me,"
This was one of the (many) quotes that stands out for me from today's Jan. 6 hearing with Cassidy Hutchinson, top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows
Minutes before Trump took the stage at the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6, he urged the Secret Service to remove security magnetometers to let in people with weapons because �they�re not here to hurt me.� So...uh...who did he think they were going to hurt and why did he seem to think that would be OK, as long as they weren't going to hurt HIM.
Trump's response about Hutchinson as a witness is that he barely knew who she was and almost never saw her. This shows her office with respect to the oval office.
Multiple former White House aides publicly vouched for Hutchinson's proximity to Trump and his chief of staff. One former White House aide said, "Everyone high up at the White House knew her. And even if Trump didn't know her name he most certainly recognized her. She traveled on Air Force 1 with Mark for every trip. Yet another lie.
In her year+ as Meadows' special assistant, she attended all of his meetings with the president and was an eyewitness to several key episodes leading up to January 6, in addition to witnessing some of Trump's real-time reactions that day.
Her tales of his temper were amazing, like the time she helped one of the servers in the dining room wipe catsup off of the wall after Trump threw his dinner at the wall on hearing that Ball found no irregularities in voting machines. She says throwing plates or pulling tablecloths off the table, throwing all the food to the floor was not uncommon.
When the Secret Service told him it was too dangerous for him to go to the capitol to join the demonstration, he tried to grab the steering wheel of the car and to choke the Secret Service guy who tried to stop him.
No wonder everyone is afraid of him.
While the White House continually said that they knew noting about any sort of riot about to take place at the capitol, she told lawmakers that Rudy Giuliani told her January 6 would be a �great day� as she escorted him out of a White House meeting earlier that month.
When things got out of hand, so many people tried to get the president to call off the demonstration, including Ivanka and Don, Jr. but he didn't do anything until late afternoon and then all he said was that he loved the demonstrators and that it was time to go home peacefully.
When Trump sent a tweet saying Pence lacked courage for refusing to stop the certification of the 2020 election, Hutchinson testified that she was struck with emotion. "As an American, I was disgusted," she said. "It was unpatriotic, it was un-American. We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie."
Hutchinson�s testimony represents the committee�s strongest argument yet about whether Trump intended to incite an insurrection.
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