Cassidy Hutchinson stands by her testimony amid pushback

“Mrs. Hutchinson stands by all testimony she gave under oath yesterday to the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol,” Hutchinson’s counsel Jody Hunt and William Jordan said in the statement.

Hutchinson testified for nearly two hours Tuesday and made recorded statements ahead of the hearing, where she vividly described her experience at the White House near Meadows and then-President Donald Trump during the days leading up to and including the Capitol Hill uprising. Hutchinson described how Trump and Meadows were repeatedly warned about the possibility of violence, including from armed individuals, during the meeting prior to and on the day of the attack.

While Secret Service officials and close to Trump have not disputed the general characterization of Hutchinson’s testimony, some refute specific claims and descriptions.

Contrary to Hutchinson’s testimony, the limited denials were not made under oath.

Hutchinson testified that she was told that when Trump was informed by security that he would not be going to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, he jumped to the front of his vehicle and tried to turn the steering wheel with one hand while using the other hand. . to “lunge” at Robert Engel, the Secret Service agent in charge that day. Hutchinson testified that she had been told this story by Tony Ornato, then White House deputy chief of staff, and that Engel had been there when the story was told.

After the hearing, a Secret Service official familiar with the matter told CNN that Ornato denies telling Hutchinson that the former president grabbed the wheel or an agent clicked on his detail.

Ornato is known to have a strong relationship with Trump and his team, as he was granted an unusual waiver to suspend his time with the US Secret Service to serve as Trump’s White House deputy chief of staff.

Engel had previously testified before the committee and described interactions with Trump on Jan. 6, including the former president’s desire to travel to the Capitol, but Engel was not asked about an altercation or sexual assault, the official said.

The Secret Service informed the commission through the Department of Homeland Security Office of Legislative Affairs on Tuesday afternoon that it will make the agents involved available to testify under oath, the official said, and that the agents are willing to say under oath that the incident Hutchinson described, did not occur.

The commission has not asked Secret Service witnesses to comment on Hutchinson’s testimony ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We have not been asked to appear before the committee again in response to yesterday’s new information and we intend to respond formally,” Guglielmi said. “We have and will continue to make every member of the Secret Service available.”

This story was updated on Wednesday with additional developments.

Josh Campbell of CNN contributed to this report.

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