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Legal expert points to 'single most important and incriminating revelation' about Trump in Hutchinson testimony
As part of the next day's post-mortem of former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson's stunning testimony before the House Select Committee's investigation into Donald Trump's part in the January 6th Capitol riot, former prosecutor Elie Honig singled out the most important revelation for CNN's "New Day" host John Berman.
"We played that soundbite, Cassidy Hutchinson saying she heard with her own ears Donald Trump saying that he wanted those people at his rally who he was told they were armed to get in and march to the Capitol," host Berman prompted.
"Yeah, John, to me that was the single most important and incriminating piece of testimony that we heard yesterday," the former federal prosecutor replied. "This is firsthand testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson. It's the cleanest link we have so far between Donald Trump and the violence that ensued. This established that he knew that crowd was not just angry, but armed. He knew they were not there to harm him."
"In fact," he continued. "He felt secure enough that he said you can take down the mags, the metal detectors and he knew they were headed for the Capitol. We have seen that speech that he made moments later on the ellipse, well this puts that speech 'we're going to fight like hell, go to the Capitol or else you won't have a country anymore,' this puts that speech in a whole new context."
"When you're thinking about what potential crimes could be implicated here, seditious conspiracy that means to try to interfere with a lawful function of government, counting the ballots in Congress certainly counts, by force," he added. "Up until now that's been in question. If you credit Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony you have that force element."
"Because he knew they were armed, knew they were trying to get into the mags and they couldn't, right? " host Berman pressed.
"Absolutely," Hoenig replied. "That's what makes this a stronger potential case on seditious conspiracy."
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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough offered some profane advice to his longtime friend Mark Meadows after devastating testimony from his former White House aide.
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide to Meadows when he was White House chief of staff, told the House select committee that her boss was unwilling to do anything to challenge Donald Trump's efforts to direct a knowingly armed mob toward the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and she also said he was deeply involved in efforts to overturn the presidential election results.
"Donald Trump knew there were heavily armed rioters that were moving towards his speech," Scarborough said. "He wanted Secret Service to take down the mags, let them enter, and then Donald Trump volunteers and then they can go straight to the Capitol, wanting them to go to the Capitol and not have their weapons taken away. He wanted to go there with them. They talked about going to the House of Representatives, with this mob, and Donald Trump strutting in like Benito Mussolini declaring himself the next president of the United States. It's laid out."
The "Morning Joe" host then offered some unsolicited advice to his friend.
"Hey, Mark, I've known you for a long time, buddy, you're in deep sh*t," Scarborough said. "You're in the middle of this conspiracy. You may want to get yourself a really, really good defense attorney. To quote Donald Trump, you may want to get one of those. Oh, wait, here's an idea, Mark. You can do something that you've refused to do for years now. You can show courage and you can tell the truth. Hey, Mark, Donald Trump won't protect you. He will throw you under the bus, he will stab you in the back, he will let you rot in jail. Defend the country or, well, get ready to pay a criminal defense attorney a lot of money."
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Former members of Trump's inner circle warned they have become 'Trump’s targets' after Cassidy Hutchison testimony
In her column for the Bulwark, former Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) advisor and political commenter Amanda Carpenter commended Cassidy Hutchison -- the former senior aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows -- for her compelling testimony on Tuesday before the House select committee investigating Donald Trump's complicity in the Jan 6th riots.
As the conservative political analyst explained, Hutchinson's revelations about the former president's temper tantrums behind the scenes, as well as his lack of concern about his armed supporters, exposed the former president's propensity for violence or, as she put it, "Trump’s capacity for violence and willingness to break the law on display."
Noting that Hutchinson's testimony has put her life in danger -- which was evidenced by increased security in the building before she spoke on national TV -- Carpenter suggested that the names of Trump's inner circle mentioned by the former Meadow's aide when discussing their opposition as to what Trump was allowing to happen on Jan 6th has likely put them on the former president's enemies list.
After praising Hutchinson's courage, the conservative scolded both former vice president Mike Pence and Mark Meadows for not coming forward.
"Where is her former boss, Mark Meadows? Is he still praying for a pardon?" she wrote. "Where is Mike Pence? He’s happy to tell everyone about how well he performed his patriotic duty on Jan. 6th. Except for the actual Jan. 6th Committee. Instead, he sent his loyal underling Marc Short to testify in his place," she wrote
Having disposed of them, she turned her focus on former Trump cabinet members that Hutchinson noted discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to strip the now-former president of his powers while the Capitol riot raged.
As she notes, it is only a matter of time before Trump goes after them as he has on Hutchinson.
"What about the other cabinet members—the ones who privately talked about invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment to remove Trump because they knew how unhinged the president was? Shouldn’t they put their experiences on the record? Why do they think protecting their own parochial interests and precious Republican identities is more important than protecting people like Hutchinson and more broadly, the country?" she wrote before adding, "Even out of their own self-interest, don’t they realize that they are no longer Trump’s chief enablers and that they have become Trump’s targets? The mob didn’t chant 'F*ck Joe Biden' on Jan. 6th. They chanted 'Hang Mike Pence.'"
She concluded, "Donald Trump rose to power by waging war against Republicans ... Right now Cassidy Hutchinson is the target. But simply by offering her testimony, she has exposed Meadows and all the rest as being potential dangers. Trump surely sees this, too."
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