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Trump and his team knew there was a risk of violence on January 6, 2021, according to a witness

The former president of USA donald trump (2017-2021) and the closest members of his team were aware that there was a risk of violence from his followers in the day of January 6, 2021 that he had to ratify the electoral result and even so they continued with their plans.

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Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday before the US House committee investigating the assault on Capitol Hill that day, and offered details of the degree of knowledge that Trump and his team had the potential for violence.

According to Hutchinson’s account, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, assured her a few days before January 6 that that date was going to be “big”, while her boss, Meadows, confessed that things could go “very badly”. , very bad” on that day.

On the same January 6, Trump gave a speech from around the White House to his supporters, encouraging them to march to the Capitol, amid his unfounded allegations of electoral fraud.

According to Hutchinson’s version, the former president was alerted right there that several of the people who wanted to attend his speech were carrying firearms, to which he replied: “They have not come here to hurt me.”

Thus, angry that there were not as many attendees as he wanted, Trump ordered the security services to let everyone present enter, regardless of whether they were carrying weapons.

Shortly after, hundreds of his supporters stormed the headquarters of Congress while a joint session of the two chambers was held to ratify Biden’s electoral victory. A total of five people died in these events, including an agent who suffered a heart attack hours after the assault.

The former Meadows aide also explained that in the hours leading up to Trump’s speech, several of his lawyers tried to tone down his words to avoid using terms like “fight,” but to no avail.

At the end of the concentration outside the White House, and when thousands of his followers were heading towards the Capitol, Trump asked the driver of his limousine to go with them to the headquarters of Congress, something to which the driver refused and He replied that they should return to the White House.

Hutchinson, who wasn’t in the limo, said aide to the chief of staff, Tony Ornato, told him how at one point Trump even tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver to take command of the vehicle.

Source: Elcomercio

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