Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, delivered multiple bombshell revelations during her testimony before the January 6 committee on Tuesday—including evidence of potential criminal liability for President Donald Trump.
One important detail Hutchinson relayed came from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. According to Hutchinson, Trump wanted to go to the Capitol on January 6 with rally attendees and planned to do so for days. After his speech at the Save America Rally, he went so far as to try to seize the wheel of his car from a Secret Service agent to direct the car toward the Capitol, Hutchinson testified.
This persistence came against the warnings of Cipollone. Hutchinson testified that Cipollone pulled her aside days before the riot to ask her to help prevent Trump from going to the Capitol. “We’re going to get charges of every crime imaginable if we make that move,” Hutchinson recalled him saying at the time.
"We're going to get charged with every crime imaginable," Hutchinson says White House counsel Pat Cipollone told her the morning of Jan. 6, as he raised concerns about then-President Trump going to the Capitol. https://t.co/CyDrOPYMcL pic.twitter.com/izcAQ7czyR
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Hutchinson also recalled that Cipollone was worried about criminal charges related to obstruction of justice and interference with the electoral count.
Did Cipollone tell the president that? When Trump tried multiple times to go to the Capitol on January 6, was Trump aware he was potentially committing a crime? It’s hard to imagine Cipollone warned Hutchinson but did not caution the president directly about his potential criminal liability.
Cipollone may himself testify publicly before the committee, so the public may soon learn the answer.