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Archive for June 30th, 2022

Secret Service Agents Willing to Challenge Testimony About Trump Lunging at Agent on Jan. 6.

By Steve Neavling

Two Secret Service agents are prepared to testify and challenge an account from a former White House aide who said former President Trump lunged at an agent and tried to grab the steering wheel of a limo on Jan. 6.

The USA Today reports that the agency is willing to “make any and all of its agents and officials available for further testimony before the committee.”

On Tuesday, former White House aide Cassdy Hutchinson testified that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel after he was told he couldn’t go to the Capitol as the protest was descending into a riot on Jan. 6.

The agents, Bobby Engel and Anthony Ornato, aren’t challenging Hutchinson’s testimony that Trump became angry about not being able to go to the Capitol. But they are prepared to challenge that Trump lunged at an agent and tried to grab the steering wheel. 

In a statement, Trump claimed Hutchinson’s testimony was “a fake story” that is “sick and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself.”

Jan. 6 House Committee Issues Subpoena for Testimony of Ex-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone

Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. Photo: White House

By Steve Neavling

The House’s Jan. 6 committee on Wednesday subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify. 

Cipollone’s testimony could be revealing because he repeatedly resisted plans to overturn the 2020 election and could have knowledge of potential criminal activity. 

Cipollone has declined to testify in a formal interview, and the subpoena could “trigger a lengthy legal battle,” The Washington Post reports.

Cipollone previously underwent an informal interview but he’s refused to cooperate further. 

“In the weeks since, the Select Committee has continued to obtain evidence about which you are uniquely positioned to testify; unfortunately, however, you have declined to cooperate with us further, including by providing on-the-record testimony. We are left with no choice but to issue you this subpoena,” wrote the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss.

According to a statement from Thompson and committee chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the panel’s investigation had “revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded.”