Secret Service Agents to Testify Trump Didn't 'Lunge at Steering Wheel' on Jan 6
Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified Trump tried to grab wheel from agents
Secret Service agents are willing to testify that former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony during the Jan. 6 Committee hearing, that Trump "lunged at the steering wheel" of a vehicle during the Capitol riot, was false.
Two agents are prepared to testify before Congress that President Donald Trump did not lunge at a steering wheel or assault them in an attempt to go to the Capitol, a source close to the Secret Service has reportedly told Fox News.
The salacious new allegations were made on Tuesday by Hutchinson, an anti-Trump former top aide to 45th president's White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Hutchinson testified that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone repeatedly warned staff in the days before the rally that "we're going to get charged with every crime imaginable" if Trump goes to the Capitol.
Following Trump's speech at the Ellipse, he got into the presidential SUV under the impression that he was going to the Capitol, Hutchinson told the Democrats' hearings.
She alleged that Trump then had a "very strong, very angry response" when the head of his Secret Service detail, Bobby Engel, said that they were going to the White House.
"The president said something to the effect of, 'I'm the f'ing president. Take me up to the Capitol now'," Hutchinson testified.
However, she admitted that she didn't directly witness what she claimed.
Hutchinson revealed that she was relaying gossip that she was told later that day by another White House aide, Tony Ornato.
"The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel," Hutchinson claimed, despite not being in the vehicle herself.
"Mr. Engel grabbed his 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.'"
Engel and the SUV driver, an unnamed Secret Service agent, are prepared to testify before the Jan. 6 committee that the president didn't lunge at the steering wheel.
The Jan. 6 committee and the Secret Service are in discussions about whether one or both men will appear on camera.
The news was originally reported by NBC after Hutchinson's testimony on Tuesday.
Jody Hunt, a former Justice Department official in the Trump administration who is representing Hutchinson, tweeted that others with knowledge of the events should appear before the Jan. 6 committee.
"Ms. Hutchinson testified, under oath, and recounted what she was told," Hunt tweeted.
"Those with knowledge of the episode also should testify under oath."
Perhaps only actual witnesses should be called to testify, rather than anti-Trump activists who want to relay gossip.