The Jan 6 committee is and has always been an echo chamber. It is a one sided highly partisan exercise that is entirely absent context. It’s been a non-stop spewing of hearsay and innuendo which has been seized upon by the media, much to their detriment. The truth is escaping bit by bit despite being locked in a democrat chokehold.
Cassidy Hutchinson offered essentially nothing but hearsay and was found twice to be mendacious. The account she gave of the alleged “lunging” simply could not have happened as she relayed it. She was not the author of the note as she asserted. Normally that be enough to impeach a witness completely, but the committee is digging in its heels and unwilling to accept rebuttals. Dan Bongino (a former Secret Service Agent in presidential protection for Bush and Obama) does a good job of fisking Hutchinson’s account.
- Twice Hutchinson said the President “said something to the effect of…” One of those times was in reference to Trump and the weapons and magnetometers. She said at first that she was part of the conversation and then immediately changed that to being “in the vicinity” of the conversation. Trump wanted the magnetometers removed. According to Bongino all Presidents want the Ellipse packed and all complain about the magnetometers because it slows the entry rate. It would have been fun to have Jim Jordan or Jum Banks ask some pointed questions cross examining her.
- Hutchinson said Ornato referred to “the beast.” Bongino notes that no one in the Secret Service calls it “the beast.” It’s referred to “the parades” or the “limo.”
- Trump did not enter “the beast.” He got into an SUV called the “camp David package.”
- There was a third agent between Trump and Engel and Ornato in the front seat. Trump would have had to get by him first before getting to Engel.
That pretty much devastates Hutchinson’s account.
Were this a legitimate investigation there would be a number of people who should be subpoenaed to testify. Ornato and Engel were not asked to testify under oath and have indicated a willingness to do so. If the Jan 6 committee refuses to call on them to publicly testify the charade is over. But there is someone else who absolutely should be subpoenaed to testify in public.
Epps was part of the initial Capitol breach
Ray Epps exhorted protesters to enter the Capitol
“We need to go into the Capitol”
Epps was #16 on a list of people the feds wanted to identify but was curiously dropped from the list. The Jan 6 committee told us that that asked Epps is was an informant or undercover agent and Trump hater Adam Kinzinger assures us that Epps is not. Far be it from me to doubt the committee. A woman doing pretty much exactly what Epps did was arrested while Epps remains untouched.
Epps has to testify under oath. He clearly was there on Jan 6 as a provocateur. The flailing attempts by the media to dismiss him as important to the Jan 6 investigation only emphasizes the importance of his being questioned. We will never know the truth until Epps testifies under oath and we learn how many FBI undercover agents and assets were in the crowd on Jan 6.