The advance hype was off the charts for the latest installment of the Nancy Pelosi-Liz Cheney January 6 extravaganza which convened a previously unscheduled hearing at which the kangaroo court would unveil its star witness against former President Donald J. Trump.
On Tuesday, the former top aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows delivered the goods with a series of bombshells that were like catnip to the media.
Cassidy Hutchinson was featured as the select committee has struggled to draw the attention of Americans who have largely ignored the one-sided, Soviet-style political dog and pony show, but her sensationalist account of Trump’s alleged behavior provided plenty of juicy nuggets as Cheney swung for the fences, hoping to deliver fireworks before the long 4th of July weekend.
The dramatic testimony from the former Meadows underling must have been exactly what Pelosi and Democrats were hoping for when they brought in a veteran television producer to spice up the otherwise bone-dry proceedings and she let it all hang out, claiming that on January 6, 2021, an allegedly crazed Trump lunged at the steering wheel of his presidential limo “The Beast,” attacked the Secret Service and threw his lunch against the wall, forcing her to wipe up the ketchup stains.
“So once the president had gotten into the vehicle with Bobby, he thought that they were going up to the Capitol. And when Bobby had relayed to him, we’re not, we don’t have the assets to do it, it’s not secure. We’re going back to the West Wing,” she said, referring to Robert Engel, the head of Trump’s security detail.
“The president had a very strong, very angry response to that,” she said, relating a second-hand account from White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato. “Tony described him as being irate. The president said something to the effect of, “I’m the F-ing president! Take me up to the Capitol now. To which Bobby responded, ‘Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing,'”
“The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engels grabbed his arm, said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol’.” Hutchinson added. “Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel and Mr., when Mr. Ornato had recounted the story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicles.”
"I’m the F’ing President. Take me up to the Capitol now." pic.twitter.com/LWg2sdFtTi
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 28, 2022
Hutchinson also described the ketchup incident, a great attention grabber for casual news consumers.
She said that Trump was triggered after he learned that former AG Bill Barr denied that there was any evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“I remember hearing noise coming from down the hallway so I poked my head out of the office and I saw the valet walking towards our office,” Hutchinson told Cheney.”He had said ‘get the chief down to the dining room, the president wants him’ so Mark went down to the dining room, came back to the office a few minutes later, after Mark had returned, I left the office and went down to the dining room and I noticed that the door was propped open.”
“And the valet was inside the dining room changing the tablecloth off of the dining room table,” she continued. “He motioned for me to come in, and then pointed towards the front of the room where the fireplace mantle and the TV were, I first noticed that there was ketchup dripping down the wall, and there’s a shattered porcelain plate on the floor.”
"There was ketchup dripping down the wall." Cassidy Hutchinson says then-President Donald Trump threw his lunch against a wall when he learned of an @AP article in which then-Attorney General William Barr said the DOJ had not found evidence of voter fraud. https://t.co/0WDFU8fj8E pic.twitter.com/A7LiiB8NAL
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 28, 2022
That the day’s testimony would be the lynchpin upon which the J6 committee seeks to hang Trump from was clear by CNN’s featuring of the geriatric Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein along with former White House counsel John Dean who had ratted out his boss and has parlayed his snitching into a decades-long career cashing in off of Watergate.
“She gave the picture of a mad king,” said the aged remains of the young reporter who was once played by a dashing Dustin Hoffman in the big screen treatment of The Washington Post’s takedown of Richard M. Nixon.
Hutchinson’s lurid tales had Trump’s critics salivating as they took to Twitter to rejoice that once again, the walls were closing in on Trump with Hollywood and media has-beens and Lincoln Project grifters practically erecting monuments to the newest folk hero of the resistance.
Decades from now people will be asking each other, "Where were you when Cassidy Hutchinson testified?"
— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) June 28, 2022
Prediction: Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony will prove Donald Trump’s Criminal Intent.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 28, 2022
The biggest scandal in American political history. And that’s saying a lot. Jaw dropping. Sickening. Infuriating.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 28, 2022
Cassidy Hutchinson needs Federal protection. Now.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 28, 2022
From a friend. Brilliant. #LockHimUp pic.twitter.com/vsFLgPDg7G
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) June 28, 2022
Team Trump is now busy playing ketchup.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 28, 2022
"As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic, it was unAmerican. We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie," Cassidy Hutchinson says of how she felt watching the events of January 6 unfold
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 28, 2022
25 year old Cassidy Hutchinson is a patriot.
62 year old Mark Meadows is a coward.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 28, 2022
Cassidy Hutchinson is one of the most brave and honorable people I know.
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) June 28, 2022
Others weren’t similarly impressed, pointing out that much of her testimony is hearsay and gossip.
It’s literally all hearsay evidence. What a joke.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 28, 2022
The big bombshells from Cassidy Hutchinson were that people in the J6 crowd had AR-15s (literally impossible), Trump lunged for the wheel of a car to try and go to the Capitol (highly unlikely), and that he threw food against a wall (who tf cares). They truly got him this time.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 28, 2022
I’ve never seen anything like the Democrat obsession with Donald Trump. He broke their brains. He’s been out of office for 18 months — the entire country has gone to shit with Joe Biden in office & Democrat control of the House & Senate — and yet it’s still all Trump. Wild.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 28, 2022
The worst part isn’t that Cassidy Hutchinson is making stuff up for her 15 mins of fame.
The worst part is that some idiot Republican will hire her after this, and the Never Trumper’s that Trump loves to keep around will invite her on the inauguration dais should he win again.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 28, 2022
The @January6thCmte wants you to believe that a 74 year old, President Donald Trump, scaled the exterior of ‘the Beast’ Presidential Limo, while it was moving, busted into the front seat and grabbed the steering wheel away from a Secret Service Agent.
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) June 28, 2022
All key staffers with high level access help the custodial staff clean ketchup off the wall.
This chick was a quarter step above a gopher intern.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 28, 2022
Cassidy Hutchinson is the new Christine Blasey Ford.
— eve (@eveforamerica) June 28, 2022
In a real court, this would be hearsay but in a ridiculous spectacle, it’s super compelling.
— Paul W Allen (@TheRantSupply) June 28, 2022
Cassidy Hutchinson wasn't even in the limo
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 28, 2022
Is Cassidy Hutchinson going to testify next about Democrat Congresswoman’s rage and insane calls for insurrection of the Supreme Court?
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 28, 2022
However, Hutchinson’s starring role in Pelosi’s production as the newest resistance rock star may not be as historic as the media makes it out to be after NBC News’s chief White House correspondent spoiled the party, tweeting that her story about Trump going berserk in “The Beast” was as legitimate as the “noose” around hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett’s neck.
“A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel,” Alexander tweeted hours after her testimony.
🚨 A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 28, 2022
The two people who can blow a smoking hole in the entire farcical narrative about Trump are prepared to testify under oath that the limo incident never happened but don’t expect the J6 committee to call another special session to allow them to do so.
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