Photos: Trump flew into rage on Jan. 6 and lunged at Secret Service agent, aide testifies

Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, prepares after a break to resume her testimony before the Jan. 6 committee.
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Then-President Trump dismissed the presence of armed protesters headed to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and endorsed their calls to “hang Mike Pence,” a key former White House aide told House investigators Tuesday, describing chaotic scenes inside and outside the executive mansion as Trump argued to accompany his supporters.

Trump was informed that some of the protesters in the crowd outside the White House had weapons, but he told officials to “let my people in” and march to the Capitol, testified Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a special assistant to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Hutchinson depicted a president flailing in anger and prone to violent outbursts as the window to overturn his election loss closed and as aides sought to rein in his impulses. Told by security officials that it wasn’t safe to go to the Capitol after he addressed his supporters, he lunged toward the steering wheel of the presidential SUV in which he was riding, she testified.

Hutchinson said she was told of the altercation in the armored vehicle — dubbed “The Beast” — by Meadows’ deputy shortly after it happened.


Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to then White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is sworn in for Tuesday’s hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee.
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Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, is sworn in at the hearing.
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Cassidy Hutchinson testifies Tuesday.
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Hutchinson pauses during her testimony.
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House Jan. 6 committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) reads from the teleprompter during Tuesday’s hearing.
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A video plays during Tuesday’s hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee.
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House Jan. 6 committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) greets Cassidy Hutchinson after her testimony.
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Cassidy Hutchinson, left, has a conversation after the hearing.
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House Jan. 6 committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), left, hugs Cassidy Hutchinson after the hearing.
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