Ex-Meadows aide says Trump lunged at Secret Service agent Jan. 6 when told he couldn't go to Capitol

Allegation made by aide Cassidy Hutchinson before the Democrat-led House committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Updated: June 28, 2022 - 2:35pm

A former aide to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows said Tuesday in a televised Capitol Hill hearing that President Trump grabbed the arm of a Service Service agent and the steering wheel of the vehicle they were in when told he could not go to Capitol Hill for the Jan. 6 demonstrations that devolved into a riot.

The aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, made the statement before the Democrat-led House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. 

Hutchinson told the committee that after Trump’s speech outside the White House in front of supporters on the day, the former president was allegedly under the impression that his motorcade would be taking him to the Capitol.

When informed that they were in fact returning to the White House, Trump said "I’m the effing president, take me up to the Capitol now," Cassidy alleges Trump said.

Hutchinson also said that when Trump was again told they were returning to the west wing, he grabbed at the steering wheel and the driver. At this point, the head of his detail grabbed his arm and told him to let go, Hutchinson also said.

Meadows was reportedly backstage at the rally outside of the White House. 

The committee has held several hearings in recent weeks but recently said it would suspended them until July. However, the committee announced Monday that it would hold a hearing Tuesday, based on new evidence. 

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