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Trump Responds To J6 Hearing Claims That He ‘Grabbed The Wheel From Secret Service’

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top Trump White House aide, delivered testimony before the House select committee investigating January 6 on Tuesday claiming that former President Trump told the secret service, while in the car on the way back from the rally, “I’m the fucking President! Take me up to the Capitol now!”

Hutchinson testified that in the days leading up to the Capitol riot, she started to feel “scared and nervous” about the potential for violence on January 6 and became concerned about the planning going on at the White House. “I recall hearing the terms ‘Proud Boys’ and ‘Oathkeepers’ when [Rudy] Giuliani was around,” Hutchinson said.

She said Trump was furious with his security officials, and she overheard him saying, “I don’t F-ing care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me.” Later, she said that Trump wanted them to march to the Capitol after his speech.

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The former President has since released his statement, claiming that he hardly knows Cassidy Hutchinson and called her “a total phony and “leaker.”

Trump also posted on his Truth Social account that when Hutchinson requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after having served a full term in office that he turned her request down. “Why did she want to go with us if she felt so terrible? I understand that she was very upset and angry that I didn’t want her to go, or be a member of the team. She is bad news!” Trump posted.

Prior to Hutchinson’s testimony, previous witnesses had told the January 6 committee that Trump had been saying he wanted to march to the Capitol with his supporters in the weeks leading up to the rally. Hutchinson revealed that after Trump instructed the crowd to head to the Capitol, he exited the rally stage and got into the presidential limo, known as “The Beast,” thinking he was being taken to join them. Another top Trump aide told Hutchinson that when Trump was told it was not safe he “had a very strong and angry response to that.” Trump reportedly said words to the effect of, “I’m the F-ing president take me up the Capitol now.”

Then, Hutchinson said, Trump reached up to the front of the vehicle to try to grab the steering wheel. Robert Engel, Trump’s security detail, grabbed the president’s arm and said, “Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.” With his free hand, Trump “lunged” at Engel. The person who relayed the scene to Hutchinson motioned toward his clavicles, suggesting Trump went for Engel’s throat.

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