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8 Important Moments (and a Silly One) from a Surprise 1/6 Testimony

Former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave whirlwind and potentially damning testimony before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday. Among the revelations: Donald Trump and Meadows knew armed supporters attended the Capitol rally, and Trump physically tried to make the Secret Service take him back to the Capitol. Keep reading for more key moments.

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8 Important Moments (and a Silly One) from a Surprise 1/6 Testimony
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    Trump and Meadows Knew Supporters Had Weapons At Trump’s 1/6 Speech

    The Jan. 6 committee revealed that people who chose to enter the enclosed area for former President Donald Trump's speech were screened and found to have weapons. Others elected to not be screened. Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were told this, but Trump wanted his supporters to be let in anyway, saying "They're not here to hurt me.” Meadows’s response: ​​“All right, anything else?”

    Rep. Cheney says people who chose to enter the enclosed area for Trump's speech were screened and found to have weapons.

    Rep. Cheney says people who chose to enter the enclosed area for Trump's speech were screened and found to have weapons.

    Former White House Counsel Feared “Every Crime Imaginable”

    Hutchinson testified that Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone feared they would be charged if they went to the Capitol.

    Fmr. Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson testifies about what Trump WH counsel Pat Cipollone told her on the morning of 1/6.

    Fmr. Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson testifies about what Trump WH counsel Pat Cipollone told her on the morning of 1/6.

    Mr. Sablan, he said something to the effect of, please. Make sure we don't go up to the Capitol capacity. Keep in touch with me. We're going to get …

    Trump Rages Out

    Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 committee that a Secret Service agent informed her the former president wanted to go to the Capitol so badly on that day that he lunged to grab the steering wheel of the vehicle and then put his hands on an agent when they took him back to the White House. In a separate anger incident, according to Hutchinson, Trump took his frustration out on his lunch when former Attorney General Bill Barr didn’t back his Big Lie in an interview.

    Trump’s Alleged Reaction to Calls for Mike Pence to be Hanged

    Hutchinson recalled an exchange on Jan. 6 between Meadows and Cipollone in which Meadows said Trump thought former Vice President Mike Pence deserved to be hanged.

    Rudy’s and Meadows’s Pardon Talk

    Hutchinson — who had already revealed that several House Republicans asked for presidential pardons related to Jan. 6 — testified that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Meadows expressed interest in a pardon.

    Witness Tampering

    In closing statements, Jan. 6 Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney said a witness was told that “Trump does read transcripts” and to “be a team player” before giving testimony to the committee.

    More on the Surprise Testimony

    For more information on Hutchinson’s shocking testimony to the Jan. 6 committee, read here.

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