Perhaps it is the lingering effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome or the desire, like Fox News demonstrated in calling Arizona on election night 2020, to be the first to report on a breaking story, but it is remarkable how many individuals of renown have latched onto the hearsay testimony presented against former President Donald Trump on Tuesday while openly contradicting themselves.
Notable among the logic-defying intellects to declare the president’s guilt was Fox News contributor and former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy. As a contributing editor at National Review, McCarthy penned a piece for the outlet asserting the Jan. 6 committee testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, was “devastating.”
“Cassidy Hutchinson…provided compelling testimony Tuesday that former president Donald Trump is singularly culpable for the Capitol riot,” he declared at the onset.
McCarthy’s focus honed in on Hutchinson’s testimony that Trump had allegedly yelled at aides and security personnel to stop using magnetometers (mags) on the Jan. 6 crowd to check for weapons and to let more people through for a better visual impact. She claimed the president had said, “Take the f*cking mags away. They’re not here to hurt me. They can come in. Then they can march on the Capitol.”
“The testimony in a session of the House January 6 committee — a session abruptly called, reportedly due to concerns about Ms. Hutchinson’s safety — was devastating because it was directly about the former president,” the editor wrote. “The day’s lone witness pulled back the curtain that countless advisers and aides kept around the mercurial Trump for four years.”
He went on to note, “There are significant questions about aspects of her account, particularly where it involved hearsay,” and he added, judgment must be reserved “because the highly partisan, unapologetically anti-Trump committee merely presents its side of the story and has gone to unseemly lengths to exclude cross-examination and alternative perspectives.”
Secret Service agents, driver in Hutchinson story prepared to testify that it NEVER happened, report https://t.co/FbxKpclJE0
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 29, 2022
To that point, the Secret Service agents implicated in further parts of Hutchinson’s testimony, where she claimed the president had attempted to grab the steering wheel of the vehicle transporting him to the White House because he allegedly wanted to go to the Capitol against the wishes of security after his rally, are willing to publicly testify against what she has said.
McCarthy even highlighted that Robert Engel, the head of Trump’s Secret Service detail, had already testified to the Jan. 6 committee and the details of his statements have not been made public, “so we can’t weight it against Hutchinson’s and we don’t even know if he was asked about what happened in the limo.”
“Presumably, if Engel gave the committee reason to believe Hutchinson’s hearsay account was wrong, [Rep. Liz] Cheney would not have adduced it. If it turns out that Engel disputed Hutchinson’s story, and that Cheney knew that but adduced Hutchinson’s story anyway, without confronting Hutchinson with Engel’s contrary version of events,” McCarthy wrote, “the committee might as well pack up its bags and go home.”
Furthering the point on the partisan testimony, Trump himself readily refuted the aide’s claims with a verifiable reality.
“Never complained about the crowd, it was massive. I didn’t want or request that we make room for people with guns to watch my speech. Who would ever want that? Not me!” Trump posted on Truth Social before drove home his point. “Besides, there were no guns found or brought into the Capitol Building…So where were all of these guns? But sadly, a gun was used on Ashli Babbitt, with no price to pay against the person who used it!”
Knowing all that, McCarthy still shamefully concluded that Trump was culpable for the events of Jan. 6, and “he willfully exacerbated the problem — and would apparently have made it worse still if the Secret Service had not been courageously insubordinate. That’s what we learned today. Things will not be the same after this.”
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