Trump says he ‘hardly knows’ this ‘total phony’ Cassidy Hutchinson
Former President Donald Trump tried to distance himself from former aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who was the special guest of the Jan. 6 House selection committee during Tuesday’s surprise hearing.
“I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, except that I’ve heard very negative things about her (a total fake and ‘delicious’), and when she asked to go to Florida with certain others on the team after I had served a full term in office, I personally declined her request,” Trump posted on his social media site Truth Social as Hutchinson’s testimony was underway.
Hutchinson shared some embarrassing anecdotes about Trump’s behavior during her Tuesday testimony — including that he tried to grab the wheel of the presidential limousine, the “Beast,” after being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6. and threw food at the wall after Attorney General Bill Barr said there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
Using Truth Social, former President Donald Trump (left) tried to distance himself from ex-Aide Cassidy Hutchinson (right) as she testified before the House selection committee on Jan. 6 on Tuesday.
The former president insisted that Cassidy Hutchinson only played ball with the Democrat-led commission because he didn’t have her on his payroll after leaving office in January 2021 and moving to Mar-a-Lago.
He also shared her anecdote about him trying to grab the wheel of the Beast after being told he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6. “Fake” and “fraudulent” and denied a statement about how he would handle food and plates. throw when angry
“Why did she want to come with us if she hated us so much?” Trump said Tuesday.
He suggested that Hutchinson only played with the Democrat-led committee because he didn’t get her a job at Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House in January 2021.
“I understand she was very upset and angry because I didn’t want her to go or join the team,” Trump said. “She’s bad news!”
In another post on Truth social, Trump also accused Hutchinson of changing her story.
“She changed lawyers a few days ago, and that completely changed her story! SHOCK???’ claimed the ex-president.
The former president was furious at Hutchinson’s testimony that he was throwing tantrums.
Her fake story that I tried to grab the wheel of the White House limousine to send it to the Capitol is ‘sick’ and fraudulent, as is the Unselect Committee itself – it wouldn’t even have been possible to do something like that ridiculous,” Trump wrote.
“Her story of me throwing food isn’t true either…and why should SHE have to clean it up, I hardly knew who she was?” the former president added.
After Hutchinson’s testimony was concluded, Trump continued to haunt her on Truth social.
“Her body language is that of a total bull…. artist. Fantasy land!’ He wrote.
After Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony was closed, former President Donald Trump continued to chase her on Truth Social
“I NEVER SAY, ‘MIKE PENCE DESERVES IT (to be hanged). Another made-up statement from a third-rate social climber!’ he posted.
Trump had made a similar comment about Pence to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, corroborating Hutchinson’s testimony.
‘A total fake!!!’ the former president added.
“There is no cross-examination of this so-called witness. This is a kangaroo track!!’ Trump was disgusted.
Trump has a history of recruiting former aides and ex-political allies, a roster that now includes former Vice President Mike Pence and current Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
During the hearing, Hutchinson recalled an impromptu meeting on Jan. 6 after Trump returned to the White House after speaking on the Ellipse she had with former Deputy Chief of Staff Tony Ornato and Bobby Engel, Trump’s chief of security.
“Did you hear what happened in the Beast?” she said that Engel had asked her.
She replied that she had not heard.
“Tony told me that when the president came into The Beast, he had the impression of Mr. Meadows that the off-the-record move to the Capitol was still possible and likely to happen, but that Bobby had more information,” Hutchinson said. .
Trump, Hutchinson said, thought they were going to the Capitol — as he’d told his crowd of supporters he would.
This was in the hours before the attack.
“Once Bobby passed it on, we’re not, we don’t have the resources to do it, it’s not safe, we’re going back to the West Wing, the president had a very strong, very angry response,” Hutchinson continued.
She was told Trump said something like, “I’m the effing president, take me to the Capitol now!”
Engel, she said, repeated that they were going back to the White House.
The President reached to the front of the vehicle to grab the steering wheel, Mr. Engel grabbed his arm and said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the wheel, we’re going back to the West Wing’ We’re not going to the Capitol ‘, she said.
‘Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge at Bobby Engel, and when Mr. Ornato told me this story, he gestured to his collarbones,” Hutchinson said, signaling the president was going to Engels throat.
GOP Representative Liz Cheney then asked Hutchinson if Engel or Ornato had ever changed their stories.
“Neither Mr. Ornato or Mr. Engel ever told me it wasn’t true,” Hutchinson testified.
From there, Hutchinson spoke of Trump throwing plates when served with bad news.
She said she “heard some noise” shortly after the Associated Press article appeared in which Barr confirmed that Trump’s widespread allegations of voter fraud were not real.
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was summoned to Trump’s office.
When Meadows returned, Hutchinson said she was walking into the White House dining room.
“And I saw that the door was open and the servant in the dining room was changing the tablecloth on the dining table,” she said. “He motioned for me to come in, then pointed to the front of the room by the mantelpiece and TV.”
“Where I first saw ketchup dripping down the wall,” she continued. “And there’s a shattered china plate on the floor.”
“The clerk said the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s AP interview and threw his lunch against the wall,” she said, explaining that she then helped clean up.
Cheney then asked Hutchinson if this was typical Trump behavior.
“During my tenure with the chief of staff, I was aware several times that he was throwing plates or wiping the tablecloth to make the entire contents of the table fall to the floor and probably break or break everywhere,” it said. Hutchinson as a volunteer. †