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'It starts and ends with crowd size': Twitter reacts to bombshell testimony about Trump sending armed mob to Capitol
A former White House aide revealed that Donald Trump knew his supporters were armed on Jan. 6, 2021, but he wanted them let into his rally anyway and then sent on to the U.S. Capitol.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the House Select Committee that Trump was aware some of his supporters were carrying weapons before his speech at the Ellipse, but he was "furious" that some of them were shut out by the Secret Service and wanted metal detectors removed because he didn't think they were there to hurt him.
He then wanted them sent to march on the U.S. Capitol.
\u201cSo it starts and ends with crowd size \u2026\u201d— Mika Brzezinski (@Mika Brzezinski) 1656437598
\u201cWould be incredible if Trump\u2019s obsession with crowd size, the first act of his administration, is the thing that brings him down.\u201d— southpaw (@southpaw) 1656437828
\u201cOh my God.\n\nThere are text messages that Trump was furious at the view not showing the crowd size, after he was told about the weapons.\u201d— Elizabeth H.C. McLaughlin (she/her) (@Elizabeth H.C. McLaughlin (she/her)) 1656437588
\u201cCassidy Hutchinson just testified that Donald Trump was upset that people carrying weapons were not allowed into the March area because he wanted a bigger crowd, saying the rioters weren\u2019t there to hurt HIM.\u201d— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1656438467
\u201cTrump\u2019s only concern on J6, after being told about the weapons and potentials for violence, was the size of his crowd.\n\nHe did nothing. Trump, at the ellipse: \u201cLet my people in. Take the f*ing mags away. They aren\u2019t here to hurt me. They can march from the Capitol from here.\u201d\u201d— Heath Mayo (@Heath Mayo) 1656437694
\u201cI\u2019m not a lawyer but it sure seems to me that this testimony reveals that Giuliani, Meadows, and Trump were aware in advance that the 1/6 protests at the Capitol were going to be violent. Sounds kinda illegal.\u201d— Daniel W. Drezner (@Daniel W. Drezner) 1656438095
Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson provided bombshell testimony as to what was being discussed backstage at the Jan. 6 "Stop the Steal" rally.
Hutchinson, who was a top aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"When we were in the off-stage area tent behind the stage, [Trump] was very concerned about the shot, meaning the photograph that we would get, because the rally space wasn't full. One of the reasons, which I've previously stated, was because he wanted it to be full, and for people to not feel excluded because they had come far to watch him at the rally and he felt the [magnetometers] were at fault for not letting everybody in, but another leading reason, and likely the primary reason is because he wanted it full, and he was angry at that -- that we weren't letting people through the [magnetometers] with weapons, the Secret Service deems as weapons and are weapons. but when we were in the off stage announce tent, I was part of a conversation, I was in the vicinity of a conversation where I overheard the president say something to the effect of, 'I don't f*cking care that they have weapons, they're not here to hurt me. Take the [magnetometers] away, let the people in, they can march the Capitol from here. Let the people in, take the [magnetometers] away."
"Just to be clear, is it your understanding that the president wanted to take the [magnetometers] away and said that the armed individuals were not there to hurt him?" Cheney asked. "That's a fair assessment," Hutchinson replied.
"The issue wasn't with the amount of space available in the official rally area only, but instead, that people did not want to have to go through the [magnetometers]," Cheney said.
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Trump 'nervous' and 'blindsided' about Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony before Jan 6 committee: report
Former President Donald Trump was bracing for an explosive day of testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide and assistant to chief of staff Mark Meadows, CNN reports.
Hutchinson had previously testified to the Jan. 6 committee that Trump approved of death threats against then-Vice President Mike Pence that were chanted by rioters at the U.S. Capitol.
A person close to Trump who spoke to CNN said the former president is nervous about Tuesday's hearing, which will feature live testimony from Hutchinson and "present recently obtained evidence."
"He definitely wasn't expecting a twist like this," said the person close to Trump.
"The former President and his allies are planning to cast Hutchinson as a junior aide who had little influence inside the West Wing, despite her proximity to both the then-President and his then-chief of staff," CNN reports. "Hutchinson served in the Office of Legislative Affairs prior to becoming a top aide to Meadows and was an eyewitness to several key episodes leading up to January 6, in addition to witnessing some of Trump's real-time reactions that day."
Read the full report over at CNN.