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Trump Knew and ‘Backed’ House Republicans’ Storming SCIF: Report

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President Donald Trump knew beforehand and “backed” the 30 or so Republicans led by extremist Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who Wednesday afternoon stormed the secure room where Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was about to deliver testimony as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

“Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to barge into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding impeachment testimonies, according to four people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg News reports.

“Trump on Tuesday met with about 30 House Republicans at the White House to talk about the situation in Syria and the impeachment inquiry. During a nearly two-hour meeting, which focused mostly on the impeachment inquiry, lawmakers shared their plans to storm into the secure room, the people said. Trump supported the action, saying he wanted the transcripts released because they will exonerate him, the people said.”

Experts say the Republicans’ actions, including bringing cell phones into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), endangered national security.

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‘No Question’: Former Top FBI Official Says Trump World Statements Are ‘An Attempt to Intimidate a Witness’

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Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi says the messages shared by Vice-Chair Liz Cheney during Tuesday’s bombshell hearing of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack are “witness tampering.”

“There is no question in my mind that what you just read is an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it,” Figliuzzi said on MSNBC Friday afternoon about statements now reportedly sent or said to Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Parts of those statements read: “He wants me to let you know he’s thinking about you,” “As long as you stay on the team and do the right thing, you’ll stay in good graces,” and, “He knows you’re loyal and you’re going to do the right thing.”

Figliuzzi said “there’s little doubt here” that those are examples of witness tampering.

“This is law school first year 101 Criminal Procedure. At the very least, DOJ now has enough to open a witness tampering investigation. We can talk about whether they would win or not, who did it or not, reasonable doubt or not, but there is no question in my mind that what you just read is an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it. When you then add that to the fact that it appears that they provided, her initial attorney to her, Cassidy Hutchinson, you now have a without a doubt, predication to open a federal witness tampering investigation.”

RELATED: Trump Declares Hutchinson ‘Totally Discredited’ as Former Aide Says Someone in His Orbit Tried to Influence Her Testimony

The Committee did not reveal who made those statements, but later reporting indicates Hutchinson conveyed both those messages to the Committee, suggesting she was the recipient.

On Thursday Politico reported that “Hutchinson told the committee she was contacted by an intermediary for Mark Meadows, according to a person familiar with her final deposition.” Meadows has since denied the allegation.

Pointing to that Politico article on Twitter, Figliuzzi on Thursday wrote: “This is witness tampering. Cassidy Hutchinson was the target. They picked the wrong young woman.”

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Trump Declares Hutchinson ‘Totally Discredited’ as Former Aide Says Someone in His Orbit Tried to Influence Her Testimony

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Donald Trump appeared on the far right-wing cable channel Newsmax Thursday and falsely declared Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to his White House Chief of Staff, has been “thoroughly discredited.” Also on Thursday CNN reports Hutchinson said “that she was contacted by someone attempting to influence her testimony.”

Experts have called Hutchinson’s statements on Tuesday before the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack a “data and information cluster bomb,” and a “smoking gun” that provides the “strongest legal evidence specifically against Donald Trump thus far.”

“The committee’s vice chairwoman, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said at Tuesday’s hearing that two witnesses — whom she did not name — told the committee they had heard from people connected to former President Donald Trump’s world who may have been trying to intimidate them,” CNN reports. “Sources tell CNN Hutchinson is one of those witnesses.”

CNN adds that at the end of Tuesday’s hearing, “the committee showed testimony where witnesses were told that the former President was paying attention to the fact that they had been called by the committee and that hoped they would remain committed to Trump.”

Trump Thursday told Newsmax he “hardly knew” Hutchinson, but that she was “some whack job” who “can say this stuff and get away with it.”

He also claimed Hutchinson “wanted to work for me in Florida,” after his term in the White House.

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“We chose not to bring her down because I got very bad things. I hardly knew her. And I said, well, she’s no good. I guess somebody called up numerous people, that she’s not good. I won’t say why that she’s not good, but plenty of reasons.”

He also claimed that Hutchinson “was not respected by the people in the White House,” and yet she was an aide to his Chief of Staff and her office reportedly was 40 to 50 feet from the Oval Office.

“So they thought she shouldn’t go down. I was going down to Florida with a group of people a great group of people, patriots, and her name was thrown out there and they said keep stay away from her. They said bad things about her. And then I see her and I again, I hardly know who she is. And then I see this woman getting up. And she’s making up stories like one after another.”

“But the craziest of all was that I tried to commandeer – like they used that word – I tried to commandeer a car with Secret Service agents, telling them to take us down to the Capitol. It was totally false, and that a person can get away with it. And then I watch The [New York] Times and The Washington Post and I watch, I get reviews on MSDNC,” he said, referring to MSNBC, “and CNN. They hardly even talk about the fact that she’s been totally discredited.”

Hutchinson’s credibility has been firmly established, although numerous reports state the far right has been working to discredit her with falsehoods.

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‘He’s a Trump Acolyte’: Reporter Shreds Secret Service Agent’s Credibility in Face of Denials About SUV Incident

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A reporter who has written a book on the Secret Service shredded the credibility of a former agent who has pushed back against Cassidy Hutchinson’s bombshell testimony.

The former White House aide testified that Tony Ornato, who moved from the Secret Service to deputy chief of staff, told her that Donald Trump became irate when his security detail would not take him to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and lunged for the steering wheel of his armored SUV and physically attacked his lead agent, and Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig poured cold water on his denials.

“This is a person who worked as President Trump’s security detail leader, and the boss liked him so much he installed him in a political White House job,” Leonnig told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “That broke every Secret Service tradition in the book because he stayed as a Secret Service employee, but Trump essentially had him directing the Secret Service to make sure that all of its campaigns events, all of his photo ops, everything that he wanted to do to get re-elected went off without a hitch.”

“That included paid rallies that caused COVID surges and included the forcible clearing of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square,” Leonnig continued. “Tony was the secret hand behind all of that, and that is what Trump wanted. Trump White House staffers and Secret Service agents have told me repeatedly, he’s a Trump acolyte. He will defend the president to the end, and he remains in contact with Trumpworld, so I want to stress that also Tony Ornoto has indicated that this story Cassidy Hutchinson told didn’t happen. Well, Tony Ornato said a lot of things didn’t happen. He tried to say to the press and to me indirectly that the clearing of Lafayette Square was not done for President Trump’s photo on, that’s not true. He was at the center of that, so I take the points because they’re saying in their experience, things that we reported, Tony tried to deny.”

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“The Secret Service often tries to deny things that are unflattering, and then when the rubber hits the road, we learn there is a little bit more to it,” Leonnig added. “I want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and if Tony Ornato testified under oath that he exaggerated this story and it didn’t happen in the limo, forgive me, in the Suburban on Jan. 6, as she relayed, then that is important and we should take that seriously.”

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