Trump attacked Secret Service agent in attempt to reach Capitol on Jan. 6, aide testifies

President Trump pounced on a Secret Service agent and put his hand on the man’s neck after being told he would not be taken to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson.

“The president responded very strongly, very upset,” to being told the Secret Service could not bring him to the Capitol after his speech on the Ellipse that day, Hutchinson said during Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing out. “I am the f-President. Take me to the Capitol now,” Trump said, according to Hutchinson’s statement.

Trump walked to the front of the presidential limousine and grabbed the steering wheel, Hutchinson said.

Cassidy Hutchinson

Cassidy Hutchinson, former assistant to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies Tuesday how former President Trump reacted in his limousine after being told he would not be able to drive to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

(Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

The head of Trump’s Secret Service Detail, Bobby Engel, After taking Trump’s hand off the wheel, Hutchinson said she was briefed by Anthony Ornato, Trump’s chief of operations. Engel was present at the conversation.

“Sir, you must take your hand off the wheel, we’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the Capitol,” Hutchinson recounted when told by Ornato.

“Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge at Angels and when Mr. Ornato told me the story he pointed to his collarbones,” she said.

Engel was in the room when Ornato Hutchinson told the story, and he has not corrected or contradicted the story, nor has he since declared it to be untrue, Hutchinson said.

In a post on his social network Truth Social, Trump called Hutchinson’s story “fake,” “sick,” and “fraudulent.”

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-06-28/trump-strangle-secret-service-capitol-jan-6 Trump attacked Secret Service agent in attempt to reach Capitol on Jan. 6, aide testifies

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