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‘This is a bombshell’: Trump aides gasped at Hutchinson’s testimony

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USA: 200 sentenced for January 6 insurrection 0:47 (CNN) — Former President Donald Trump’s aides were speechless amid the first half of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday, acknowledging to CNN that his testimony was “a bombshell” with potentially huge repercussions for Trump. Trump was already gearing up for an explosive day with testimony from Hutchinson, who previously told the House select committee that the former president approved of rioters yelling violent threats at Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 6, 2021. “This is a bombshell. It’s impressive. It’s shocking. The story of ‘The Beast’… I have no words. It’s just amazing,” a Trump adviser said, referring to the presidential limousine. “This paints a picture of Trump completely unhinged and completely losing all control that, to his base, they think of him as being in control at all times. This goes completely against that,” the adviser added. The Trump adviser, who was in a group text chat with several other Trump aides and allies as the hearing unfolded, said “no one is taking this lightly.” “For the first time since the hearings began, no one is ruling this out,” the adviser said. Another Trump ally told CNN that testimony from Hutchinson, a former senior adviser to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, would seal Meadows’ fate as a “persona non grata” to the former president. “This is one of the reasons why [Trump] he is furious with Meadows. He was already frozen, but now he will be persona non grata,” this person said. The startling revelations from Hutchinson’s testimony about Trump’s erratic behavior and mood on Jan. 6 could make it easier for Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the former president in a primary should he run, the Trump ally added. . “This is basically a campaign commercial for (Florida Governor) Ron DeSantis 2024,” the Trump ally said. Trump Says He Barely Knows Hutchinson Trump pressured the Justice Department, according to testimony 6:36 Trump, as he often does with aides and allies who he was once close with but later turned against him, said Tuesday that “barely knows” Hutchinson and personally turned down a request she made to join his post-presidential staff at Mar-a-Lago. “When she requested to go with other members of my team to Florida after serving a full term in office, I personally turned down her request,” Trump said on Truth Social during Hutchinson’s live testimony. Trump attempted to present Hutchinson’s testimony Tuesday as revenge, claiming that she was “very upset and angry that he didn’t want her” at her Palm Beach residence. The former president’s attempt to distance himself from Hutchinson, whom he described as “bad news” on Tuesday, came after the committee showed renderings of the West Wing to show how close he was to the Oval Office as a Meadows aide. Multiple former White House aides also publicly endorsed Hutchinson’s proximity to Trump and his chief of staff before and during her appearance on Tuesday. “Anyone who downplays Cassidy Hutchinson’s role or her access to the West Wing doesn’t understand how Trump worked. [la Casa Blanca] or is trying to discredit her because she is afraid of how damning this testimony is,” former White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews tweeted. In response to this, a former White House aide said: “Every high-up in the White House knew her. And while Trump didn’t know her name, he certainly recognized her. She rode AF1 with Mark on every trip.” Additionally, this former aide said that while Tuesday’s testimony was insane, it’s also 100% credible given what this person knew after working in the White House. The most surprising episode for some advisers so far has been the Beast incident, in which Trump allegedly tried to take the flyer to be taken to Capitol Hill on Jan. 6. Trump was nervous about the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Trump has previously denied reporting on Hutchinson’s leaked testimony, stating on his Truth Social platform earlier this month that he “never said, or even thought of saying, ‘Hang Mike Pence'”. “This is a story made up by someone looking to become a star or fake news!” he wrote at the time. But a person close to Trump said he was nervous about Tuesday’s hearing, which would feature live testimony from Hutchinson. Before the committee’s announcement on Monday, this person said Trump felt triumphant amid back-to-back Supreme Court decisions protecting the right to bear a gun and ending the constitutional right to abortion. “I definitely wasn’t expecting a turn like this,” the person close to Trump said. The former president and his allies plan to portray Hutchinson as a junior aide who had little influence within the West Wing, despite her close proximity to both the then-president and his then-chief of staff. Hutchinson served in the Legislative Affairs Office before becoming Meadows’ senior aide and was an eyewitness to several key episodes leading up to Jan. 6, as well as witnessing some of Trump’s real-time reactions that day. Trump was specifically concerned about what Hutchinson might say about his mental state and his response to protesters on Jan. 6, a second person close to him said. Meadows on high alert Donald Trump and Mark Meadows photographed at the White House on May 8, 2020. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/ AFP/ Getty Images) Hutchinson’s proximity to Meadows put the former White House chief of staff on high alert before Tuesday’s hearing. Hutchison “operated as an executive assistant to him,” said a person familiar with his relationship and his insight into her daily schedule, conversations and interactions with Trump is unparalleled. “I think the committee has kept their fire on the Meadows so far, but today is going to be a Meadows day,” the person said. Meadows personally promoted Hutchinson from the White House Office of Legislative Affairs to his West Wing office, where he said he was “given enormous access and enormous visibility” to his relationship with Trump and several top Republican lawmakers. . A second person familiar with the matter said Hutchinson received no support from Meadows because he became entangled in the committee’s Jan. 6 investigation, but did keep in touch with some of his other aides. Now, Meadows and his allies are worried that it might come back to haunt him. They are closely watching Tuesday’s hearing to see what new information Hutchinson reveals in his sworn testimony, the second source said, noting that Meadows is specifically concerned that his appearance could further strain his relationship with Trump. Trump has privately complained to allies in recent months about text messages Meadows provided to the House panel before halting their cooperation, and a book Meadows wrote that contained startling details about the severity of Trump’s battle. against covid-19 also that angered the former president.

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