Trump’s fury on display at the January 6 hearing. Key takeaways from explosive day of testimony by former White House adviser

Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the administration of former US President Donald Trump, leaves after testifying during a US House Select Committee public hearing United to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 28, 2022.

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In scathing testimony before the House committee investigating the attacks on Capitol Hill, a former aide to then-President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, portrayed Trump as an enraged commander-in-chief in the weeks surrounding the attacks. unrest.

An irate Trump lunged at his own Secret Service agent, threw plates and refused to help his vice president as a crowd of angry rioters chanted “hang Mike Pence,” former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson told lawmakers in over two hours of testimony on Tuesday recalling what she heard and saw in the days and weeks surrounding the events of January 6, 2021.

Trump took to his social media page on Truth Social to distance himself from the former aide, claiming he barely knew her.

Here are some key points from the hearing.

Trump attacks Secret Service agent

Trump agreed to guns at rally

Trump told staff that Pence deserved to be hanged

Hutchinson told the committee that Trump indicated to his team that he believed then Vice President Mike Pence deserved to be hanged. Trump supporters repeatedly chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after the former vice president helped certify the election results.

“I remember Pat Cipollone saying, ‘You’re literally asking for the vice president to be hanged,'” Hutchinson told the committee in a interview to describe how the former White House lawyer approached Meadows about the mutiny.

“You heard him, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong,” Hutchinson said, describing Meadows’ response to Cipollone.

Trump throws lunch against the wall

A few weeks before the attacks, in December 2020, Trump threw his lunch and plates against a wall when he learned that former Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, according to Tuesday’s testimony. .

In the wake of his loss to President Joe Biden, Trump began claiming without evidence that he had been “stolen” from the 2020 election thanks to widespread voter fraud. His own attorney general later discovered that there was no evidence to support that claim.

When news broke that the Justice Department had found no evidence to support its claims of voter fraud, “I remember hearing noise coming from the hallway,” Hutchinson testified.

“I left the office and went down to the dining room and noticed that the door was open and the valet was inside the dining room changing the tablecloth on the dining room table,” he testified.

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