In the dramatic, televised hearings being held by the House select committee looking into the January 6, 2021 uprising, former President Donald Trump acknowledged on Saturday that he is the one “on trial,” and he is not happy about it.
He commented on his social media website, Truth Social, “So the lowlifes rigged and stole a Presidential Election, and I’m the one who is on trial.” “Truly, we are a Nation in Decline.”
The post was his first overt admission that he is the one under scrutiny as the testimony gets more personal. The assessment of the Capitol’s storming by the Jan. 6 panel has gone much beyond a simple account of the incidents and is being presented more like an argument against Trump.
Trump has often attempted to deflect attention in his Truth Social posts by criticizing President Joe Biden over issues like inflation and rising gas costs at the committee’s recent public hearings. However, he focused exclusively on the panel’s hearing on Tuesday, writing many criticisms of Cassidy Hutchinson both during and after her compelling testimony.
One of Hutchinson’s most damning allegations was that Trump intended to waive security checks for his followers, many of whom were known to be carrying guns, so they could march to the Capitol on January 6. Hutchinson was an assistant to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Trump reportedly said, “They’re not here to hurt me,” according to Hutchinson.
Hutchinson also said that she had been informed that the former president allegedly reached aggressively for the wheel of the car he was in when the Secret Service refused to drive him to the Capitol to be with his supporters.
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Hutchinson accused Trump of acting inappropriately in the car, which Trump claims have been refuted. There hasn’t been a public or formal comment made, despite several Secret Service agents telling media outlets that her account of the events will be refuted.
Last week, several Secret Service sources told CNN that agents have been discussing Trump’s exaggerated conduct in the limousine for some time.
Trump has been so alarmed by Hutchinson’s testimony that The New York Times reported on Friday that he is considering pushing back his official declaration of his candidacy for president as early as this month in an effort to deflect attention from his ongoing “trial.”