What Would Nellis Say?
Eight bombshells from Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony at Tuesday’s Jan. 6 hearing
More than 13 million Americans tuned in to watch dramatic testimony from a former White House aide this week, making the Jan. 6 committee’s latest hearing its second-most viewed thus far according to a June 30th report from the L.A. Times.
Her testimony attracted 13,231,000 viewers across all major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, according to Nielsen ratings data. This total topped the previous four hearings, which each drew about 10 million to 11 million viewers. The first Jan. 6 hearing, which aired in prime time on June 9, drew about 20 million viewers.
Notably absent from the list of major network viewers is FOX news whose viewership barely contributed to the totals.
Several Trump aides knew the risk of violence before Jan. 6.
The Department of Justice and the Secret Service were aware of security concerns about Trump’s supporters targeting the Capitol. The Secret Service’s intelligence division sent messages to Robert Engel, the head of Trump’s security detail, and Tony Ornato, the former deputy chief of staff for operations, who handled security.
2. Trump knew Jan. 6 rally attendees had weapons.
Ahead of his Jan. 6 speech near the White House, Trump expressed anger that the secure area surrounding the stage was not full of people, Hutchinson said. Ornato said that several of the president’s supporters did not want to go through the “mags,” or magnetometers, to be screened because they did not want to have their weapons confiscated. “I don’t f— care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me,” Trump said, according to Hutchinson. “Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here. Let the people in; take the mags away.”
3. White House counsel raised concerns about Trump speech.
Eric Herschmann, a former senior advisor to Trump, said that it would be “foolish” for the former president to include certain lines in his speech, Hutchinson said. Those sections included language about fighting for Trump, going to the Capitol and references to then-Vice President Mike Pence. Herschmann and the White House counsel’s office urged speechwriters not to include those lines “for legal concerns and also for the optics of what it could portray the president wanting to do that day,” she said.
4. Trump wanted to go to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
In his 2021 book, “The Chief’s Chief,” Meadows wrote that Trump was speaking metaphorically when he said he wanted to go to the Capitol with his supporters on Jan. 6. But Hutchinson testified the president was serious and that it was discussed in the days prior to the insurrection.
On the evening of Jan. 2, after Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani met with Meadows at the White House, he told Hutchinson: “We’re going to the Capitol. It’s going to be great. The president’s going to be there, he’s going to be powerful ... talk to the chief about it, he knows about it.”
5. Trump lunged for limousine steering wheel to go to Capitol.
After the president and his staff returned to the White House, Ornato pulled Hutchinson aside into a room with Engel. Ornato told her that Trump had a “very strong, very angry response” when Engel told him they would not be going to the Capitol. “The president said something to the effect of ‘I’m the f— president, take me up to the Capitol now,’” she said. Things escalated from there. “The president reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm,” she said. “Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge toward Bobby Engel.” Hutchinson said Engel was in the room while Ornato relayed the story, and did not dispute it.
6. Trump didn’t want to take action to stop the riot on Jan. 6
Hutchinson said there were three ideological camps within the White House when it came to responding to the insurrection: One group wanted immediate action, one group knew they needed to act but also wanted to placate Trump, and one group wanted to “deflect and blame” and point the finger at antifa activists.
She said Meadows was in the deflect-and-blame group but eventually took on a more moderate stance.
About 2 p.m on that day, as rioters swarmed the Capitol, Hutchinson said she went into Meadows’ office, where he was on his cellphone. She asked him whether he’d talked to the president about what was happening. “He said, ‘No, [Trump] wants to be alone right now,’” she testified. A few minutes later, Cipollone went to Meadows’ office and said they needed to see the president immediately. Meadows told him, “He doesn’t want to do anything.” Cipollone said: “Something needs to be done or people are going to die and the blood’s going to be on your f— hands.”
After Meadows and Cipollone met with the president, Cipollone said they needed to do more to stop the attack on the Capitol, especially with rioters chanting they wanted to hang Pence. “You heard him, Pat, he thinks Mike [Pence] deserves it,” Meadows said, according to Hutchinson. Trump later tweeted that Pence didn’t have the “courage to do what needed to be done.”
“I remember feeling frustrated, disappointed.... I was really sad,” Hutchinson said. “As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic, it was unpatriotic.”
7. Trump threw his lunch at wall after reading William Barr story.
After former Atty. Gen. William Barr told the Associated Press that the Department of Justice had found no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud, Trump threw his lunch against the wall. Hutchinson said that after the article was published online, a White House valet said that Trump wanted to see Meadows in the dining room. After Meadows returned, Hutchinson said she went to the dining room and saw ketchup dripping on the wall and a shattered plate on the floor.
“The valet had articulated the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s AP interview and had thrown his lunch against the wall,” she said.
8. Trump and Meadows wanted to include pardon language in Jan. 7 speech.
On Jan. 7, President Trump delivered a brief, on-camera address condemning the previous day’s Capitol attack. According to Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chair of the committee, Deputy White House Counsel Pat Philbin wrote a draft of the speech the morning of Jan. 7, which he shared with Cipollone, who approved it.
Trump initially resisted giving a speech, but was convinced by a group of people that included his daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, Herschmann, Cipollone, Philbin and Meadows. Part of the argument in favor of the speech was concern over the possibility Trump’s Cabinet would attempt to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Trump rejected lines about prosecuting rioters and wanted to include language about offering pardons. Hutchinson said Meadows was also supportive of pardon language. She said that both he and Giuliani sought pardons.
What would Nellis say?
The arrogant preening sycophants who surrounded the traitor in the Oval Office, made bold pronouncements about “protecting voting rights” and “upholding the Constitution” in a vain ongoing campaign to make his lies about the election sound vaguely reasonable…and possibly SANE!
Yeah, those guys…and gals…thousands of them who lost their souls and their self-respect bowing down to an orange pig, a spray-tanned false idol. They could learn something about patriotism and character and courage from Cassidy Hutchinson, the twenty-six year old assistant to the president’s chief enabler, Mark Meadows.
Ignoring threats and intimidation, she stood up before the world to tell the truth about the crimes committed by and for our most corrupt president leading up to the armed invasion of the Capitol.
As a result of this young woman’s bravery and audacity, the floodgates will slowly open to a torrent of the guilty suddenly willing to tell all about Trump’s scheme to defraud the people of the United States and overthrow our government to install himself as king.
Our nation’s thanks are due Miss Hutchinson, but no legitimate charge or indictment against everyone involved in this scheme should be overlooked or unfulfilled.
Now the question is whether “real American patriots” are willing to adopt her courageous stance to save our democracy and make sure that the liars and toadies of the nationwide conspiracy are removed from office before it’s too late?
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