Committee: Trump White House knew Jan. 6 could get violent, did nothing
The Trump White House knew protests on January 6th could get violent and lead to a breach of government buildings, including the Capitol.
That’s according to newly released documents, and testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the principal aide to former President Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Hutchinson worked directly in the West wing and remembered what Rudy Giuliani told her just days before the 6th.
Cassidy Hutchinson – Former Aid – Mark Meadows “He had responded, something to the effect of. We are going to the capitol, it’s going to look great, the President’s going to be there, he’s going to look powerful.”
She says she immediately asked Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about it, and this was his response.
Hutchinson says: “There’s a lot going on Cass, but, I don’t know, but things might get real, real bad on January 6th.”
A Capitol Police bulletin also warned there could be violence, stating in part quote “Unlike previous post election protests the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counter-protestors as the were previously, but rather congress itself is the target on the 6th.
Newly released police transmissions from January 6th show some of the protestors that day had guns.
“underneath the blue jean jacket complainants both saw stock of an AR-15. Motor One. Make sure PPD knows they have an elevated threat”
Hutchinson says Trump knew protestors were armed and told security to remove magnetometers so they could watch his speech at the ellipse and march to the Capitol. Trump also wanted to go to the Capitol to make a speech. His legal counsel Pat Cipollone warned if he did that, he would be charged with obstruction of justice and defrauding the electoral count. The President did not go to the Capitol that day because the Secret Service and other security officials refused to take him. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.