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Confirmed: Secret Service Sources Say Trump DID Try To Grab The Steering Wheel On January 6

Since Tuesday, failed, one-term former president Donald Trump and his defenders have insisted that he never tried to grab the wheel of the presidential vehicle on January 6, 2021 in an effort to make sure he was driven to the Capitol where thousands of his supporters were rioting.

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the House Select Committee on June 26 that she had been informed by other staffers Trump had demanded he be taken to the Capitol and lashed out at a Secret Service officer on his security detail, grabbing him by the clavicle and ordering the agent to do as he instructed:

And now we have confirmation of what Hutchinson said, according to CNN’s Ryan Nobles, who said Friday on the network:

“This comes from two different sources within the Secret Service who spoke to our Noah Gray who said that this story of the former president being irate and demanding to be taken to the Capitol on the day of January 6th was something that was spread around the Secret Service in the weeks, months and days after what happened on January 6th.”

Not one but TWO sources confirmed what Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 committee. And that’s not all, Nobles noted:

“Some recounting this story as early as February and the two different sources have stories that are very similar to the one that Cassidy Hutchinson testified to in the hearing on Tuesday saying that the president was mad and that he lunged toward the steering wheel in an effort to try and get the detail to take him to Capitol Hill, and what’s also important is that that second source that we spoke to said that they had heard the story directly from the driver of the presidential suburban that Trump was in on that day. Now, both of these sources never said the stories they heard indicated that there was any type of physical altercation or that the president himself ever was able to grab hold of the steering wheel.

“It’s important to point out that Hutchinson never makes that direct claim either, just saying that he was lunging in that direction. What it does more than anything is it corroborates the most important part of the story, the president was angry and demanding he would be taken to the Capitol.”

The president was angry and demanding he would be taken to the Capitol. Exactly as Hutchinson said.

Or, to put it another way: Trump and his minions were lying their asses off, just like they always do.

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Mark Meadows Caught Tampering With January 6 Witnesses: Report

Even though he’s no longer working for failed, one-term, twice-impeached ex-president Donald Trump, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is still trying to protect his former boss (and himself), but his actions could result in him being charged with witness tampering.

As we learned Tuesday during a public hearing of the January 6 House Select Committee, the panel has discovered that witnesses who have cooperated with the committee received messages from those close to Trump, and one of those was from Meadows, according to Politico:

The Jan. 6 select committee publicly pointed to two communications this week as potential evidence of Trump-world’s efforts to influence witness testimony — without revealing their origin. Both were detailed to the panel by Cassidy Hutchinson, according to a person familiar with the last of her four depositions.

Both of the two slides that the panel revealed at the end of its live hearing with Hutchinson reflected conversations she described to the committee in her final closed-door deposition, this person said. Hutchinson told the committee at the time that, on the eve of her earlier March 7 deposition, an intermediary for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows contacted her to say that her former boss valued her loyalty.

“[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow,” read a slide that the Jan. 6 committee broadcast at the end of Hutchinson’s hearing, which Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) characterized as pressure on a key witness. “He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

In that slide, Politico reports, the redacted name was that of Meadows, and that could be a big problem for him.

Ben Williamson, a spokesperson for Meadows, denied the former chief of staff had ever done anything wrong:

 “No one from Meadows’ camp, himself or otherwise, has ever attempted to intimidate or shape Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony to the committee. Any phone call or message she is describing is at best deeply misleading.”

Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) told the Washington Post he believes the facts show that witness tampering has indeed taken place:

“The vice chair released two different episodes of potential witness tampering, anonymously, for obvious reasons. We don’t want further intimidation of the same people. But we want this to be a warning to the people who are doing it that they can’t do it. It is a crime and this committee is taking it very seriously.”

Hopefully the Justice Department is doing the same.

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Cassidy Hutchinson’s Testimony Set A Daytime Ratings Record And Humiliated Fox News

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday was a massive ratings hit, according to the Los Angeles Times, setting a new daytime ratings record.

The Tuesday afternoon hearing, which the committee announced just a day ahead of time, featured 25-year-old Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Her dramatic testimony attracted 13,231,000 viewers across all major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, according to numbers from Nielsen, a ratings firm.

In comparison, some of the most highly-rated shows on television were no match for the ratings Hutchinson received even though they are broadcast in primetime.

The ratings for Hutchinson’s testimony would likely have been even higher had the hearing not taken place in the middle of the day when most people are at work.

Fox, it should be noted, was humiliated with the ratings they drew for programming during the publicized Tuesday hearing, drawing a paltry 1.7 million viewers during the same two-hour time timeframe between 1 and 3 p.m.

Even more embarrassing for Fox is that while the they refused to televise the hearing, many of their hosts spent the rest of the afternoon and evening trying to shoot holes in what Hutchinson had said under oath.

Donald Trump was clearly watching, and has been positively apoplectic in his reaction, The Independent reports:

Deriding her as a “whack job” and claiming he hardly knew her despite her role as a senior aide to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, he also claimed she had asked to decamp to Florida with him for employment after the end of his presidency.

“I was going down to Florida with a group of people,” Mr Trump claimed, “great group of people, patriots, and her name was thrown out there and they said, ‘stay away from her.’ They said bad things about her.”

He did not specify who “they” were. Mr. Trump has denied Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony that when he found out he was not being taken to the Capitol to march on Congress with his supporters, he lunged at the wheel of his presidential car and then grabbed an agent in his detail.

 

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Former Bush Attorney General Says DOJ Has The Evidence To Indict Trump For 3 Crimes

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is convinced that the Justice Department now has enough evidence to indict failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump for at least three felonies.

Gonzales, who served as AG for George W. Bush, was a guest on CNN Thursday afternoon, was asked about a speech given by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves as vice chair of the January 6 House Select Committee in which she said:

“The reality we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose, because Republicans cannot be loyal to both Donald Trump and to the Constitution at this moment.”

That led host Jake Tapper to inquire of Gonzales:

“Do you agree? Do you see it that way?”


“I think that that is a very accurate statement, quite frankly,” Gonzales replied, adding:

“I believe that the Department (of Justice) is going to move forward with a more serious investigation now that this new information and there may be some indictments.”

Tapper followed up by asking:

“Have you seen evidence or at least possible evidence that leads you to wonder whether Donald Trump committed a crime? And if so, which crime?”

Gonzales then laid out the three crimes he believes Trump could potentially be indicted for:

“Yeah, I think that if you can tie him — he knew about — he knew the crowd was dangerous, he encouraged the crowd to go to the Capitol and he knew the crowd was armed, and he knew that the purpose of the — what was going on in Congress, which was to certify the Electoral College count, and yeah, I think one might make the argument that there is certainly the beginnings of a case full of seditious conspiracy, obstruction of Congress. So there are some things there that I think the attorney general will look at, along with witness tampering.

Seditious conspiracy, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. The penalty for those crimes is 20 years, five years, and 20 years, meaning if Trump got the maximum, he’d be looking at a sentence of 45 years in federal prison. Considering what he tried to do, that seems like a just punishment.

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January 6 Committee Appears To Have Evidence Trump Helped Fund Witness Tampering

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has been following the money and appears to have found evidence that failed, one-term former president Donald Trump helped fund witness tampering, according to a member of the committee.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) was interviewed by CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday evening and was asked:

“The messages shown by Vice-Chair Cheney at the end of yesterday’s hearing seemed to open the door to potential witness tampering. Is the committee in possession of more messages along those lines? Has that evidence been shared with the Justice Department?”

Congresswoman Lofgren replied:

“Let’s just say, we’re concerned.

“As you know, in a prior hearing, we talked about the hundreds of millions of dollars that the former president raised. Some of that money is being used to pay for lawyers for witnesses and it’s not clear that that arrangement is one that is without coercion potential for some of those witnesses.”

She then added:

“So, let’s just say this. It’s a concern and anyone who is trying to dissuade or tamper a witness should be on notice that that’s a crime and we are perfectly prepared to provide any evidence we have to the proper authorities.”

While we’ve thought for months the crime Trump would be charged with in relation to his actions to stage a coup on Jan. 6 might be seditious conspiracy, it now looks like he’s also facing being referred by the Select Committee to the Justice Department for witness tampering, too.

There are more hearings planned next month, and the list of crimes committed by Trump is likely to grow. Things are looking bad for Donald, and it’s way past time for him to be charged, tried, and locked up.