‘This is a bombshell’: Donald Trump aides left speechless by Cassidy Hutchinson testimony

6/29/2022 6:21:00 PM

‘This is a bombshell’: Donald Trump aides left speechless by Cassidy Hutchinson testimony

‘This is a bombshell’: Donald Trump aides left speechless by Cassidy Hutchinson testimony

The former President and his allies are planning to cast Hutchinson as a junior aide who had little influence inside the West Wing, despite her proximity to both the then-President and his then-chi…

By Gabby Orr and Pamela Brown | CNN, acknowledging to CNN that her testimony was “a bombshell” with potentially huge repercussions for Trump.The story about ‘The Beast’The Trump adviser, who was in a group text chat with several other Trump aides and allies as the hearing played out, said that “no one is taking this lightly.”

“The only thing ‘stunning’ is that the Unselect Committee would run with such easily refutable and ridiculous falsehoods that are laughable on their face,” Harrington said.The startling revelations from Hutchinson’s testimony about Trump’s erratic behavior and state of mind on January 6 could make it easier for Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the former President in a primary should he run, the Trump ally added.

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Top Trump White House aide to testify before Jan. 6 committeeCassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Mark Meadows, has been sworn in to testify at the Jan. 6 committee's hearing today. Here's what to know:

Who is Cassidy Hutchinson? Trump White House aide now in spotlightCassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, made several shocking revelations about Trump and Meadows in nationally televised testimony. Someone who gave hearsay testimony. Revelations = lies She wasn't telling the truth.

Trump White House attorney disputes Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony about handwritten noteA former Trump White House lawyer is disputing ex-White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony that she penned a handwritten note regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Is he doing it under oath, like she did? Do not share anything from Trumpworld that isn’t under oath. How have you not learned by now?! Just maybe Trump can quit crying on truth social and come in and defend himself? Haha yeah that will never happen. Grifters going to grift

7 takeaways from Tuesday's shocking January 6 hearingThe House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill insurrection reconvened Tuesday for a hastily scheduled hearing, featuring blockbuster testimony from Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Cassidy has man hands. lmfao 'blockbuster testimony'. It's hearsay. And wow, wasn't it really fortunate for them to find this right before they were taking a break for the 4th. of July? Speaking of which, how much do you think Joe will save us this year on our BBQ? Trump gonna be prosecuted/convicted. CNN reporter said 'worse than we ever imagined' um not worse than I imagined. Obvoius this a planned coup, everyone knew what was happening AT THE TIME incl. Trump. Today's hearing definitive proof admissible in court

As Trump rails at Cassidy Hutchinson's Jan. 6 testimony, other aides vouch for herAs Trump rails at Cassidy Hutchinson's Jan. 6 testimony, other aides vouch for her: 'I know her. I don't think she is lying,' Mick Mulvaney tweeted. 😂 ok While secret service agents are wanting to testify that she is lying.

Watch live: Jan. 6 hearing features top aide in Trump’s White HouseCassidy Hutchinson, an aide in Donald Trump’s White House, is making a surprise appearance Tuesday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

June 29, 2022 at 8:17 a.Axios on linkedin Axios on email An image of Cassidy Hutchinson is shown during the fifth hearing held by the U.Jan.June 28, 2022, 11:07 PM 7:21 Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former President Donald Trump, arrives to testify during a public hearing of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol, on Capitol Hill, June 28, 2022.

m. | UPDATED: June 29, 2022 at 8:23 a. House of Representatives' Jan.m. The events in her testimony — explained in new and vivid detail for the first time publicly — are of potentially vital interest to both the committee and the Justice Department. By Gabby Orr and Pamela Brown | CNN Aides to former President Donald Trump were left speechless amid the first half of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday , acknowledging to CNN that her testimony was “a bombshell” with potentially huge repercussions for Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, is expected to testify in person at the , according to a source with direct knowledge of the plans. Trump was already bracing for an explosive day of testimony from Hutchinson, who previously told the House select committee that the former President approved of rioters chanting violent threats against Vice President Mike Pence on January 6, 2021. Sources familiar with the matter said that Herschmann had previously told the committee that he had penned the note.

“This is a bombshell. 6 Capitol attack. She said she was close enough to Trump at one point to hear him demand that attendees not be screened, saying, "I don’t effing care that they have weapons. It’s stunning. It’s shocking. 6, possibly including closed-door conversations and paper trails most staff were unaware of. The story about ‘The Beast’ — I don’t have words. "I’m the effing president," Hutchinson said she was told Trump had said. It’s just stunning,” said one Trump adviser, referring to the presidential limousine. Why it matters: Hutchinson may be the most dangerous witness for Trump so far because, unlike many others who had paramount access to the former president, she is not directly or indirectly on the Trump payroll. At Tuesday's hearing , Hutchinson, testifying about the note, said, "That's a note that I wrote at the direction of the chief of staff on Jan.

“This paints a picture of Trump completely unhinged and completely losing all control which, for his base, they think of him as someone who is in command at all times. This completely flies in the face of that,” the adviser added. Hutchinson told the committee she was present when Meadows described hearing Trump's positive reaction to the Capitol rioters calling for then-Vice President Mike Pence to be hanged. Meadows, in turn, called her "Cass," in her retelling of one story. The Trump adviser, who was in a group text chat with several other Trump aides and allies as the hearing played out, said that “no one is taking this lightly.” “For the first time since the hearings started, no one is dismissing this,” the adviser said. 6 sought pardons following the attack. In a statement to CNN, Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington sought to dismiss the stunned reactions from some allies of the former President. 6. Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former President Donald Trump, arrives to testify during a public hearing of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol, on Capitol Hill, June 28, 2022.

“The only thing ‘stunning’ is that the Unselect Committee would run with such easily refutable and ridiculous falsehoods that are laughable on their face,” Harrington said. Another Trump ally told CNN the testimony from Hutchinson, a former top aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, would seal Meadows’ fate as “persona non grata” to the former President. “This is one of the reasons [Trump] is furious with Meadows. At one December meeting, Hutchinson has testified, lawyers for Trump advised lawmakers that the plan to replace electors was not "legally sound. He was already iced out but now he will be persona non grata,” this person said. The startling revelations from Hutchinson’s testimony about Trump’s erratic behavior and state of mind on January 6 could make it easier for Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the former President in a primary should he run, the Trump ally added. 6 committee said, "The committee has done its diligence on this and found Ms.

“This is basically a campaign commercial for (Florida Gov. And she has said Meadows knew of reports through a Secret Service agent warning of violence on Jan.) Ron DeSantis 2024,” said the Trump ally. Trump claims he hardly knows Hutchinson Trump, as he often does with aides and allies with whom he was once close but later turned against him, claimed on Tuesday that he “hardly know[s]” Hutchinson and personally rejected a request she made to join his post-presidency staff at Mar-a-Lago. “When she requested to go with certain others of my team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down,” Trump said on Truth Social during Hutchinson’s live testimony. 6 hearing Two years after completing a White House summer internship, Cassidy Hutchinson was in the room where the president’s top aides debated how they could overturn his election loss. Trump attempted to cast Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday as revenge, claiming she was “very upset and angry that I didn’t want her” at his Palm Beach residence. "But Mr.

The former President’s attempt to distance himself from Hutchinson, whom he described as “bad news” on Tuesday, came after the committee showed renderings of the West Wing to demonstrate just how close she was to the Oval Office as an assistant to Meadows. Multiple former White House aides also publicly vouched for Hutchinson’s proximity to Trump and his chief of staff before and during her appearance on Tuesday. They often previously worked on the president’s campaign or the national party, and they’re distinguished by their ambition and willingness to work long hours for little pay. “Anyone downplaying Cassidy Hutchinson’s role or her access in the West Wing either doesn’t understand how the Trump [White House] worked or is attempting to discredit her because they’re scared of how damning this testimony is,” former White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews tweeted . In response to this, one former White House aide said, “everyone high up at the WH knew her. And even if Trump didn’t know her name he most certainly recognized her. Because they’re often within earshot as the country’s most powerful people gossip and plan, discretion is expected.

She traveled on AF1 with Mark for every trip.” Additionally, this former aide said that while Tuesday’s testimony was crazy, it’s also 100% believable given what this person knew after working in the White House. The most surprising episode to some aides so far was when Hutchinson recounted an incident she testified to hearing about secondhand from Tony Ornato, a Secret Service agent who also served as White House deputy chief of staff, where Trump allegedly tried to lunge for the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle so he could be driven to the Capitol on January 6. "Though most assistants wouldn't be in a decision-making role, they have eyes on sensitive information including schedules, notes, documents, private conversations. Following her testimony, a Secret Service official familiar with the matter told CNN that Ornato denies telling Hutchinson the former President had grabbed the wheel or assaulted an agent on his detail. This official said the agency notified the committee Tuesday afternoon that it will make Ornato and Bobby Engel, another agent who was on Trump’s detail on January 6, available to testify under oath.

As previously reported by CNN, both agents are prepared to testify that neither incident inside the presidential vehicle occurred. Jody Hunt, the new lawyer, recounted for Mueller’s team the extent to which Trump berated Sessions over his recusal from the Russia investigation and the pressure he sought to exert on the department over the probe. US Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Tuesday that the agency planned “to respond on the record to the Committee regarding the new allegations surfaced in” Hutchinson’s testimony. Trump was nervous about testimony Trump has previously denied reporting on Hutchinson’s leaked testimony, claiming on his Truth Social platform earlier this month that he “never said, or even thought of saying, ‘Hang Mike Pence.’” “This is either a made up story by somebody looking to become a star, or fake news!” he wrote at the time. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on Expand In a 2018 profile published by her undergraduate alma mater, Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, Hutchinson recalled being "brought to tears" when she received an email telling her she’d been accepted to a White House internship program. But a person close to Trump said he was nervous about Tuesday’s hearing, which features live testimony from Hutchinson.

Prior to the committee’s announcement on Monday, this person said Trump was feeling triumphant amid back-to-back Supreme Court decisions protecting a right to conceal carry a gun and ending the constitutional right to abortion. “He definitely wasn’t expecting a twist like this,” said the person close to Trump. "My small contribution to the quest to maintain American prosperity and excellence is a memory I will hold as one of the honors of my life," she said in the piece. The former President and his allies are planning to cast Hutchinson as a junior aide who had little influence inside the West Wing, despite her proximity to both the then-President and his then-chief of staff. Hutchinson served in the Office of Legislative Affairs prior to becoming a top aide to Meadows 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. Trump was specifically concerned about what Hutchinson could say about his state of mind and response to the rioters on January 6, said a second person close to him.

Meadows on high alert Hutchinson’s proximity to Meadows placed the former White House chief of staff on high alert ahead of Tuesday’s hearing. Hutchinson “operated like an executive assistant to him,” said a person familiar with their relationship and her insight into his day-to-day schedule, conversations, and interactions with Trump is unrivaled. “I think the committee has held their fire on Meadows so far but today’s going to be a Meadows day,” the person said. Meadows personally promoted Hutchinson from the White House Office of Legislative Affairs to his West Wing office, where this person said “she was given enormous access and enormous visibility” into his relationship with Trump and several top GOP lawmakers. A second person familiar with the matter said Hutchinson received zero support from Meadows as she became entangled in the January 6 committee’s investigation but has remained in touch with some of his other aides.

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