The work of the January 6th committee has already been under a great deal of scrutiny of late, as the GOP continues to expose their partisan hackery to the world at large.
But now, a new sort of scandal has struck the investigation, after some apparent “bombshells” from a surprise witness this week were rebuked by those involved just hours after her testimony was provided to the public.
Following Trump’s speech at the Ellipse, he got into the presidential SUV under the impression that he was going to the Capitol, then had a “very strong, very angry response” when the head of his Secret Service detail, Bobby Engel, said they were going to the White House.
“The president said something to the effect of, ‘I’m the f—ing president. Take me up to the Capitol now,” Hutchinson testified, relaying what she was told later that day by another White House aide, Tony Ornato.
“The president reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm and said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.'”
Engel and the SUV driver, an unnamed Secret Service agent, are prepared to testify before the Jan. 6 committee that the president did not lunge at the steering wheel. The Jan. 6 committee and the Secret Service are in discussions about whether one or both men will appear on camera.
The news will certainly add yet another stain to the facade of the committee, exposing the group’s impure motives yet again.