U.S. Secret Service will have more to say to the January 6 committee about Trump’s actions

U.S. Secret Service will have more to say to the January 6 committee about Trump’s actions

After Cassidy Hutchinson, a former staffer in the White House testified on Tuesday detailing former President Trump’s activities leading up to January 6, 2021. 

The U.S. Secret Service will have more to say to the House Select Committee on January 6. 

She informed the committee at a last-minute hearing that Trump wanted to visit the Capitol with his supporters as Congress was meeting in a joint session to tally the electoral votes.

In a statement to CBS News, U.S. Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, “The United States Secret Service has been cooperating with the Select Committee since its inception in spring 2021, and will continue to do so, including by responding on the record to the Committee regarding the new allegations surfaced in today’s testimony.”

Hutchinson told the committee during her testimony that on January 6, she had a conversation with Tony Ornato, the deputy chief of staff for operations, in a room with Robert Engel, the lead special agent for the U.S. Secret Service. 

Hutchinson claims that Ornato said at the meeting that the president grew “irate” in his car after being informed he couldn’t travel to the Capitol. Hutchinson recalled saying something along the lines of “I’m the f***ing president. Take me up to the Capitol immediately.”

According to Hutchinson, Ornato told her that when Trump was told he had to go back to the West Wing, he went up to the front of the car to grasp the steering wheel, which caused Engel to grab his arm.

She said that Ornato “moved near his clavicles” while recalling the event, adding that the president lunged at Engel with his free hand. Hutchinson clarified that no portion of what Ornato stated was incorrect or disagreed with Engel.

Although Engel and the driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was physically attacked or assaulted by Trump and that the former president never went for the car’s steering wheel, a source close to the Secret Service verified to CBS News that this is the case.

According to Hutchinson’s account before the committee, the Secret Service agents do not dispute that Trump was enraged or that he asked to be escorted to the Capitol.

The U.S. Secret Service has already given the committee on January 6 hundreds of hours of testimony beginning in spring 2021.