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Trump wanted to see Mike Pence and members of Congress ‘killed or taken hostage’: presidential historian
Historian Michael Bechloss told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson had revealed shocking evidence that the former president was risking "mass assassinations" of Vice President Mike Pence and Congress members in his attempt to violently overturn his election loss on Jan. 6, 2021.
"Everything that [Richard] Nixon did in the 1970s is put in the shade by what we have seen here," Bechloss said. "Nixon didn't send armed terrorists up to the Capitol, and by everything that we are learning now what Donald Trump wanted to see on the 6th of January was violence. There's every sign that he wanted to see members of Congress shot or killed or taken hostage, including his vice president, who, of course, is the president of the Senate."
"Have we ever seen a president do 100th of that in the whole history of the United States?" he added. "Historically, every other president is in one category. Donald Trump is in a category of his own."
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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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