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January 6 committee hearings live: ‘They're not here to hurt me,' Trump said of supporters with weapons

Added 06-28-22 02:09:02pm EST - “Cassidy Hutchinson takes witness stand in surprise hearing ” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Jan 6 committee hearings live: ‘They’re not here to hurt me,’ Trump said of supporters with weapons”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Cassidy Hutchinson spoke to House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy shortly after Donald Trump indicated in his January 6 speech at the Ellipse that he may go up to the Capitol, as lawmakers prepared to certify Joe Biden’s victory.

Hutchinson said McCarthy expressed severe concern about the possibility of Trump traveling to the Capitol, and he urged against the then-president doing so.

The January 6 committee shared testimony from several White House staffers indicating that Donald Trump did actually want to go up to the Capitol on the day of the insurrection.

Trump’s White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, warned Cassidy Hutchinson that she should absolutely not let the president go up to the Capitol, out of fear of potential criminal liability for him.

According to Hutchinson, Cipollone said something along the lines of, “We’re going to get charged with every crime imaginable if we let that happen.”

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