Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia said she could hold her “own” hearings on Jan. 6 if the House committee doesn’t allow arguments against testimony about former President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day of the attack on Capitol Hill. USA.
Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked as an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday that Trump tried to ram the wheel of a limousine to take him to Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. Responding to a tweet suggesting the Secret Service agents involved denied NBC Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander’s claim, Greene said he would take matters into his own hands if the agents did not testify publicly before the committee. of the camera.
“If @January6thCmte doesn’t allow these men to testify on TV, airing on all major networks, I will start holding my own J6 committee hearings,” Greene tweeted. “I could do it anyway.”
Greene’s tweet was in response to Alexander. tweeting that he had heard Bobby Engel, then a senior agent in Trump’s Secret Service security detail, and the agent driving the vehicle “prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Trump never lunged at the wheel “.
During his testimony on Tuesday, Hutchinson said he learned about the alleged incident during a conversation with Tony Ornato, the deputy director of the US Secret Service Training Office.
Hutchinson said Ornato told her that Trump reacted strongly after learning the Secret Service would not bring him to Capitol Hill right after his Jan. 6 Ellipse speech. The former president allegedly responded by telling Engel “something to the effect of ‘I’m the fucking president, take me to the Capitol now.'”
“The president reached to the front of the vehicle to grab the steering wheel” after Engel allegedly rejected his demand, according to Hutchinson’s account of Ornato’s comments.
“Mr. Engel grabbed his arm and said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol,'” Hutchinson said. “[Trump] used his free hand to lunge at Bobby Engel.”
The alleged conversation between Hutchinson and Ornato took place shortly before a group of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol in a violent attempt to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
Trump responded to the claim by accusing Hutchinson of spreading a “false” story in a post on his Truth Social network.
“Her false story that I tried to grab the wheel of the White House limousine to take her to the Capitol building is ‘sick’ and fraudulent,” Trump wrote. “It wouldn’t even have been possible to do something so ridiculous.”
While it’s unclear whether the House committee has any intention of inviting Engel to testify about the alleged incident at a later hearing, a Secret Service spokesman said in a statement obtained by news week that the agency “has been cooperating with the Select Committee since its inception in the spring of 2021, and will continue to do so, including responding to the Committee regarding new allegations raised in today’s testimony.”
news week contacted Greene’s office for comment.
Update 6/28/22, 11:53 pm ET: This story has been updated with additional information and background.