This was just one disturbing sequence of events revealed by the investigation after more than a year of investigation into the U.S. Capitol Uprising on January 6, 2021.
Trump was also aware, Hatchinson testified, that his supporters arrived in Washington heavily armed and carried everything from assault rifles to sharpened flagpoles, to bear beards and body armor to blunt objects.
When the talk of Trump’s visit to the Capitol began to vibrate, White House adviser Chipolon himself told Hackinson several times that it was forbidden. He feared that Trump’s visit to the Capitol during the joint session could cause a wave of legal headaches.
“We will be charged with every possible crime,” Hatchinson recalled Cipolone.
But just as his supporters were heavily armed, Tramp didn’t care.
The tramp was told of the potential threat and he wanted security checkpoints to be relaxed rather than tightened, she said. More specifically, he wanted his security teams to remove magnetometers, often called “mages,” that prevented his armed followers from entering the room he had created for his speech.
Instead of giving up his weapons, Hachinson said many of Trump’s followers chose to listen behind the barrier and then go – still armed – to the Capitol. This did not make Tramp happy.
Hachinson was within earshot of Trump:
“You know, I don’t care if they have guns. They’re not here to hurt me. Remove f-ing logs. Let my people in. From here they can go to the Capitol. Let people in. Remove f-ing logs.
Just four days earlier, the president’s lawyer, Rudy Juliani, was optimistic about Hatchinson as Trump’s “wild” protest approached. He told her that Trumps would look “strong” and that it would be a great day for America.
But Meadows doubted. After meeting Julian, he told her, “On January 6, things could become real, very bad.”
Things have been bad for several weeks now.
The former assistant, who was in the front row of the White House’s internal work, described Trump’s outrage against former Attorney General Bill Bar on Tuesday after Bars publicly announced that voter fraud in the 2020 elections was not widespread enough to reverse it. outcome.
She said he often broke dishes, but that day she remembered looking through the door into the White House dining room. The valet repaired the tablecloth. She was brought into the room, and she saw Tramp angry as he watched the TV show Barra’s remarks.
She said the ketchup had been spilled on the wall and a plate had been smashed to her feet on the floor.
And as the crowd surrounded the Capitol, its members engaged in a battle with beaten police forces, Hachinson remembered how Chipolone urged Meadows to do something. Things continued to worsen. A gallows were built on the lawn of the capitol.
Chipolone, the head of the tramp, was urged to “literally hang the vice president.”
According to her testimony, Meadows replied, “You heard that, Pet, he thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.
Meadows had hastily complied with Trump’s requests around January 6 at this point, and on the eve of the uprising, recently discovered by Hutchinson on Tuesday, there was one special request: Trump asked Meadows to contact Roger Stone and former National Security Adviser Michael. Flinns.
What was said in this call is not yet clear. Stone, a longtime GOP employee, was in DC with members of the Oath Keepers who may have served as his personal safety component at the event and the rally before it. Stone has used his fifth amendment with a probe, and so has Flinn.
The committee broadcast a stunning clip on Tuesday showing Flinn’s testimony. In it, Flinn refers to his right to a fifth amendment on the simplest of questions, including whether he considers it morally acceptable to overthrow the transfer of power by force.
The retired three-star general replied succinctly, “Fifth.”
In a recorded statement to the committee, Hachinson had previously revealed that several Republican lawmakers in Congress had begged for pardon after January 6 or were discussing obtaining pardon from Trump. One of these legislators was also a spokesman for Jim Jordan, a strong supporter of Trump’s efforts to overthrow. election results.
Jordan has been wildly inconsistent in his dealings with Trump on January 6 and has rejected the subpoena. He has said before that he cannot remember talking to Trump; first it was before the unrest, then it was after. Then he wasn’t sure.
However, Hachinson’s testimony on Tuesday revealed that Jordan was calling Meadows only on January 6 at 2:15 p.m. The conversation was short and they discussed, she testified, the song “Hang Mike Pens”.
Tramps, however, responded to the testimony with outrage today, claiming that Hutchinson was lying. It’s a “fake story,” Trump said.
After her speech, Hachinson’s lawyer issued a statement stating that she was proud of her service to the president and that it was “her duty and responsibility to provide the committee with a truthful and candid observation of the events around 6 January.”
When Trump sent a tweet on January 6, specifically attacking then-Vice President Pens after the rebels entered Capitol territory, she described a sinking feeling. Offering some of the strictest and simplest assessments that come from witness testimony, Hachinson said:
“As an employee who works to best represent the administration and show the good things he has done for the country, I remember feeling frustrated, disappointed and really looking at it personally. I was really sad.
As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic. It was non-American. We watched the Capitol building being damaged by lies.
Hachinson said she was still processing her feelings for the day.
The New York Times Her testimony was surprised on Tuesday as investigators uncovered new information after she changed attorneys. Hatchinson’s current attorney is Jodie Hunt of Alston & Bird, DC. Hunt is a longtime ally of former Attorney General Jeff Session, even working as his chief of staff. Haccinson had previously retained Stefan Pasantino, a former White House counselor under Trump.
Creating a distance between the witnesses of the investigation, the former president and members of his administration has become a difficult task, the committee said.
Without disclosing the parties involved, Cheney provided the committee with transcripts of witness calls and other statements.
In one report, someone identified by the committee only as a “person” called one witness and said, “[A person] let me know that there will be your deposit tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he has thought of you. He knows that you are loyal, and you will do the right thing if you agree to your deposition.
Cheney, the committee’s vice-chairman, said on Tuesday: “I think most Americans know that trying to persuade witnesses to testify falsely is a matter of grave concern.”
Following the sitting which closed on Tuesday, NBC News reported that “a source close to the Secret Service” said Bobby Engel and the limousine driver were ready to swear that none of them had been attacked and that Trump had never been behind the wheel.
The committee representative did not respond immediately to the request for comments.
The secret service also issued a statement on Tuesday stating that it had cooperated with the investigation since its inception and would continue to cooperate with the allegations made today.