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Hutchinson's lawyer weighs in on (so far) anonymous Secret Service pushback >>>
Ms. Hutchinson testified, under oath, and recounted what she was told. Those with knowledge of the episode also should testify under oath.
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THE BIG PICTURE: Cassidy Hutchinson just laid out the most devastating case against a sitting president’s conduct in history. And while Trump raged, she also offered a roadmap to corroborate it. w/ @nicholaswu12 politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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Pat Cipollone. Tony Ornato. Robert Engel. Kevin McCarthy. John Ratcliffe. Mark Meadows. Each of them witnessed specific and damaging episodes Hutchinson recounted. Yet none of them were in the witness chairs Tuesday. politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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Instead they left it to a 25-year-old ex-Trump aide, whose most significant evidence has largely gone uncontested except in a string of rage-posts by Trump, to present some of the most extraordinary sworn testimony in the nation’s history. politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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JUST IN: John Eastman's effort to reclaim his cell phone from the feds has been assigned to Judge Robert Brack, a George W. Bush appointee on senior status since 2018.
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Kyle Cheney retweeted
"Hutchinson offered some of the gravest evidence yet of Trump’s awareness of the violent elements within his base that were ultimately unleashed against Congress..." @kyledcheney @woodruffbets @nicholaswu12 with the full wrap on what Washington just saw. politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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HUTCHINSON said Trump was mad that his rally on the ellipse wasn't at capacity. She also told the committee he wanted people let through the mags with weapons. "They're not here to hurt me."
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WOW: Trump wanted Secret Service to "take the mags away" at his rally and let in people with weapons because "They're not here to hurt me," Hutchinson recalled overhearing Trump saying.
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This is devastating testimony from Hutchinson: Trump knew people in the crowd were there with weapons, and knew people were there willing to cause harm. He just didn't care because they weren't there to harm him.
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MORE NEWS FROM HUTCHINSON: After Trump told his supporters to go to the Capitol, GOP Leader McCarthy called her angrily. "You told me this whole week you weren't coming up here. Why did you lie to me? ... Don't come up here." politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE NEW DETAIL: A top security official told Hutchinson that Trump angrily yelled "I'm the f'ing president, take me up to the Capitol now." Trump then lunged for the steering wheel. politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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One of the most telling signs of the potency of Hutchionson's testimony: The attempted pushback by Trump allies is exceptionally weak and doesn't contend with the actual evidence. politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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MORE: Hutchinson said that when Trump attacked Pence on Twitter during he violence, "it felt personal." "I was disgusted," she said. "It was unpatriotic. It was un-American. We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie." politico.com/news/2022/06/28…
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Wow, again. Cheney hints at potential for criminal referrals re: witness intimidation / obstruction based on messages like these that witnesses described receiving.
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Kyle Cheney retweeted
Setting aside potential criminal ramifications, this Hutchinson testimony seems very bad for Trump's defense in civil suits he faces over injuries Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill. A judge declined to dismiss those suits based on possibility of such proof. Earlier: politi.co/3yrdT1O
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WOW: Trump wanted Secret Service to "take the mags away" at his rally and let in people with weapons because "They're not here to hurt me," Hutchinson recalled overhearing Trump saying.
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