A former White House official and a Secret Service agent have announced that they are willing to testify in the Jan. 6 hearings to contradict the claims made by a former White House aide during her testimony on Tuesday.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, made several outlandish and easily refuted allegations against former President Donald Trump that the anti-Trump committee and members of the mainstream media immediately latched on to and amplified without bothering to critically analyze them.
Among the allegations was a claim that the former president got into an altercation with a Secret Service agent while attempting to make his way to the Capitol building while the riot was occurring.
Hutchinson claimed that she heard from Tony Ornato, who was the White House deputy chief of staff at the time, that Trump became incensed when he was not allowed to go to the Capitol on January 6. She asserted that Trump somehow grabbed at the steering wheel of the vehicle and then lunged at the Secret Service agent who was preventing him from going to the Capitol.
Later on Tuesday, the Secret Service agent in question — Robert Engel — reportedly announced that he was willing to testify that Hutchinson’s claims were false. Ornato indicated that he was also willing to testify and contradict the aide’s claims.
Both Ornato and Engel had previously testified in front of the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot — behind closed doors — discussing what they had witnessed that day.
A spokesperson for the January 6 committee released a short statement regarding the contradictions.
“The Committee trusts the credibility of a witness who was willing to testify under oath & in public but is also willing to hear any information that others may have that would aid in their investigation,” the statement read.
Hutchinson also made several other outlandish and ridiculous claims, including alleging that Trump threw a plate of food at the wall in anger because then-Attorney General Bill Barr discounted his claims of election fraud, and claiming that the former president allegedly said that Vice President Mike Pence deserved to be hanged by the crowd of people rioting at the Capitol.
Trump took to social media to deny the claims and to call out Hutchinson as a person that he barely knew except for having heard awful things about her.
“I hardly know who this person… is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and ‘leaker’),” he wrote.
“She is bad news!” Trump added.