Trump’s driver contradicts Cassidy Hutchinson regarding SUV altercation on January 6th: GOP report

by | Mar 12, 2024

According to a new report from a Republican-led House committee, former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony about what she was informed of regarding President Trump's actions on January 6th was contradicted, at least partially, by Trump's driver on that day.

Hutchinson played a crucial role as a witness in the previous Democratic-led House select committee's investigation into January 6th, 2021, providing testimony both privately and publicly.

Hutchinson testified that she was informed Trump was “irate” on January 6th and sought to meet with supporters at the Capitol, coinciding with the rioting as Congress convened to certify the (stolen) election.

Hutchinson recounted a conversation she had at the White House that day with Bobby Engel, a member of Trump's security detail, who appeared “somewhat discombobulated,” along with Tony Ornato. Hutchinson provided this testimony before the committee in June 2022.

The new 81-page report from the House Administration Committee's subcommittee on oversight, which is scrutinizing both the previous committee's investigation and the events of January 6th, casts doubt on Hutchinson's testimony.

This report references testimony provided by four other Trump White House employees to the previous Jan. 6 committee, as well as the account of Trump's Secret Service driver during the alleged altercation.

According to the new report, the unnamed driver, who was interviewed by the previous Jan. 6 committee in November 2022, “testified that he specifically refuted the version of events as recounted by Hutchinson.”

The driver stated, “I did not see him reach [redacted]. [President Trump] never grabbed the steering wheel. I didn't see him, you know, lunge to try to get into the front seat at all,” as outlined in the report.

According to the new report, Anthony Ornato, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, was interviewed by the previous Jan. 6 committee multiple times, including in January, March, and November 2022, both before and after Hutchinson's public testimony. However, the January 2022 interview was not released to the public along with other materials shared by the earlier committee, with some exceptions.

Ornato mentioned in his November 2022 interview that he did not recall the incident involving the president as described by Hutchinson.

Before her significant public testimony regarding being informed about Trump's alleged incident with the Secret Service on January 6th, Hutchinson changed her legal representation. Initially, she was represented by an attorney funded by a Trump-aligned political group. She later switched to another attorney, as previously reported by ABC News.

Source: ABC News

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