Timeline of key scenes from Cassidy Hutchinson’s January 6 testimony


WASHINGTON — Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to President Donald J. Trump’s last chief of staff, gave explosive testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Tuesday, providing a detailed account Minute by minute heated clashes she witnessed games at the White House.

Ms. Hutchinson testified that Mr. Trump knew the crowd he had amassed in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, was armed and could get violent, but encouraged them to march on the Capitol anyway, and said she heard say that he threw himself at one of his Secret Service agents when told he couldn’t join his supporters on Capitol Hill.

And she detailed how her boss, Mark Meadows, was seemingly indifferent to reports of violence on Capitol Hill, even as other Trump aides grew restless.

Below is a timeline of key moments from January 6, as described in his testimony.

Around 10:00 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.

Ms. Hutchinson and Anthony M. Ornato, the White House deputy chief of staff, met with Mr. Meadows to tell him that law enforcement was reporting that several people were arriving at Mr. Trump’s rally on the Ellipse wearing weapons including knives, guns, bear spray, body armor, spears and flag poles.

“Tony told me something to the effect of, ‘These fucking people are attaching spears to the end of flag poles,'” Ms Hutchinson said.

Mr. Meadows appeared impassive, asking only if Mr. Ornato had conveyed the information to the president. Mr. Ornato said yes, said Ms. Hutchinson.

In the early afternoon, Ms Hutchinson texted Mr Ornato saying Mr Trump was ‘furious’ that rally attendees were being forced to go through magnetometers, according to messages she provided to the committee . Backstage at the rally on the Ellipse, she overheard Mr Trump angrily telling his aides to let his supporters into the event space, fearing the area would look empty.

Mr. Trump, she testified, said “something along the lines of, ‘I don’t care if they have guns.’ They are not here to hurt me. Remove the mags. Let people in, they can walk to the Capitol from here.

Around 1 p.m.

As Mr. Trump addressed his supporters at the Ellipse, backstage, Ms. Hutchinson learned that Secret Service agents were reporting that Trump supporters assaulting the Capitol were closing in on the building and it was becoming clear that “Security at the Capitol not sufficient” to hold them back, she testified.

When she arrived at Mr. Meadows to report that Capitol Police were “overrun” by rioters, he “almost had a lack of reaction,” Ms. Hutchinson testified.

“I remember he said to me: ‘Very good'”, she says. “Something like, ‘How much time does the president have left in his speech?'”

Around 1:10 p.m.

After Mr. Trump told rally attendees he planned to march to Capitol Hill with them, Mr. McCarthy angrily called Ms. Hutchinson, she testified, demanding to know why he had been misled.

“You told me all week that you weren’t coming here. Why would you lie to me?” Mr McCarthy said, according to Ms Hutchison.

Ms Hutchinson said she replied: “I wasn’t lying to you, sir. We’re not going to the Capitol.

“He said, ‘Well, he just said it on stage, Cassidy. Understand it. Don’t come up here,” she testified.

After Ms Hutchinson returned to the White House from the rally, she said, Mr Ornato and Mr Trump’s security chief Bobby Engel described to her a shocking scene that had unfolded. inside the President’s vehicle.

Told after his speech that he couldn’t go to the Capitol for security reasons, Mr Trump became “irritated” and said “something like, ‘I’m the f-ing president, take me to the Capitol now,'” Ms Hutchinson said in her testimony.

When Mr. Engel replied that they needed to return to the White House, Mr. Trump “reached out to the front of the vehicle to grab the steering wheel” and lunged at him, Ms. Hutchinson said.

Around 2:00 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Ms Hutchinson testified that as she and other White House aides were glued to the television, watching the scene in the Capitol grow increasingly violent, Pat Cipollone, the White House attorney, did burst into Mr. Meadows’ office and said something to the effect of, “The rioters have arrived at the Capitol, Mark. We have to go down and see the president now.

Ms. Hutchinson testified that Mr. Meadows looked up at Mr. Cipollone and said, “He doesn’t want to do anything, Pat.

Mr Cipollone replied, according to Ms Hutchinson: “Something has to be done or people are going to die and the blood is going to be on your fucking hands. It’s getting out of hand. I’m going there.

After Mr. Meadows and Mr. Cipollone walked out of a meeting with Mr. Trump in the West Wing dining room, Mr. Cipollone was still frustrated, Ms. Hutchinson said, recounting a conversation between the two men that she heard.

“I remember Pat saying something like, ‘Mark, we need to do something more. They are literally asking for the vice president to be hanged,” she testified. “And Mark said something like, ‘You heard it, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they are doing anything wrong.

2:24 p.m.

Just minutes after the crowd broke through the Capitol, Mr. Trump launched an attack on Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to reject Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s election victory, posting on Twitter: “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution.

In some of the most moving testimonies of the day, Ms Hutchinson recalled seeing the post and feeling “disgusted”.

“It was unpatriotic. It was un-American. We were watching the Capitol building go downhill because of a lie,” she said.

Around 15h

After Mr. Meadows and some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers convened in a meeting, Mr. Meadows began dictating a statement to Ms. Hutchinson that they hoped the president would release, calling them ‘illegal’ actions of the rioters who violated the Capitol.

The statement was never released.

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