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Trump tried to strangle Secret Service agent in attempt to reach Capitol on Jan. 6, aide testifies

President Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent, putting his hand on the man’s throat after he was told he would not be taken to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

“The president had a very strong, very angry response to” being told the Secret Service couldn’t take him to the Capitol after his speech on the Ellipse that day, Hutchinson testified during Tuesday’s hearing before the Jan. 6 committee.

Trump moved to the front of the presidential limoand reached toward the steering wheel, Hutchinson said.

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies about how former President Donald Trump reacted in his vehicle after being told he was not able to go to the Capitol from the Ellipse on Jan. 6.

(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

The head of Trump’s Secret Service detail Bobby Engle grabbed Trump’s hand off of the steering wheel, Hutchinson said she was told by Anthony Ornato, Trump’s Chief of Operations. Engle was present for the conversation.

“Sir you need to take your hand off of the steering wheel, we’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the capitol,” Hutchinson recounted being told by Ornato.

“Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge toward Engel and when Mr. Ornato recounted the story to me, he motioned to his clavicles.” Engle was in the room when Ornato told the story to Hutchinson and he did not correct or disagree with the story nor has he stated it was untrue since, Hutchinson said.

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