Two former Trump White House aides were with top-secret service officials about the president’s actions at the time to be political loyalists with a false history during the January 6 Parliamentary rebellion. I’m blaming the main defenders.
Former aides Olivia Troye and Alyssa Farah Griffin have criticized Secret Services employee Anthony Ornart in reports of disagreeing with angry Donald Trump. Grabbed the handle of his presidential SUV limousine That day, I rushed to the agent of the secret service in the front seat.Those explosive claims have been leveled last week Before a special committee investigates the parliamentary attack by another former Trump aide, Cassidy Hutchinson.
Hutchinson testified that he would like to join the thousands of followers who marched towards the Capitol after Trump addressed the White House, and told him that secret service details had to return to the White House. Later, he testified that he was “angry” at home for security reasons.On the way back, Hutchinson testified and the president physically arrested the agent. I tried to point the limousine at the Parliament buildingAccording to what Ornart told her shortly after the incident..
At that time, Ornart was the White House Chief of Staff.He had playing cards Ornart personally appointed to that position This is the first time for Secret Services staff to be loyal to the President in December 2019. 25-year veteran of secret service, Ornato Now back to the agency As an assistant director in charge of the training office.
Hutchinson’s testimony last week angryly demanded that both Ornart and Robert Engel, an agent allegedly arrested by Trump, take the president to the Capitol to the Secret Service, but grabbed Engel and the handle. After saying nothing, he was scrutinized.
Hutchinson testified that Engel, who was in charge of Trump’s protective security details, was also in the White House’s room when Ornart told the story and didn’t try to fix his version of the event.
Troy, then Vice President Mike Pence’s home security and anti-terrorism adviser, said in the United States today Saturday that Ornato had a history of changing his story when Trump became politically troubled. Told.
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“There seems to be a pattern here.”
“Here there seems to be a conversation pattern that is inconvenient for Tony. Then he comes back and says they never happened,” Troy said. “It really speaks to Tony’s personality and credibility, and whether he has a history of doing it. [Trump’s] Bid and then deny it to protect him. “
Hutchinson – in testimony riveted last week Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows – Trump said he wanted to bring armed supporters into his rally because he knew.They are not here to hurt me.. “” “”
She also revealed for the first time that Trump demanded that he be driven to the Capitol, which
Because he wanted to give a second speech outside the Capitol or perhaps inside the complex, while Congressman recognized Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 elections.
When Engel first said no to him, Trump shouted, “I’m an effective president, take me to the Capitol now,” Hutchinson quoted Ornart as telling her. .. ..
“The president reached out to the front of the car to grab the steering wheel,” Hutchinson testified when he was told they would return to the White House again. “Then Trump rushed towards Bobby Engel with his free hand, and when Ornart told me this story, he moved towards his collarbone,” he suffocated. Explained the movement of.
Deny the story of Trump’s alleged conflict
Hutchinson’s testimony was full of other explosive disclosures as well, but the image of Trump, who physically attacks top security aides to reach the Capitol, quickly became viral.
But within hours, secret service officials began telling reporters that both Ornart and Engel had denied some of the explanations for Hutchinson’s case.
Both are ready to testify that Trump actually demanded that he be taken to the Capitol, a secret service official told USA today. However, the official also said both men denied that Trump grabbed Engel or the steering wheel in an attempt to divert.
Neither Ornato nor Engel have spoken publicly yet. Secret service officials have suggested that they and the secret service itself withhold comments until both parties can speak “on oath and record” in front of the committee.
Hutchinson and a committee spokesperson endorsed her comment. Trump himself denied most, if not all, of Hutchinson’s testimony. And many of his supporters used the dispute to attempt to undermine her overall credibility as her witness.
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Keith Kellogg, a retired Army lieutenant general, one of the former Trump White House officials Came to defend Ornart On Twitter: “On January 6th and Records. I was honored to know the USSS Special Agent in charge of Tony Ornart. Like all USSS Agents, he was very professional. , Careful and reliable in everyday activities. Bank. “
However, in a social media post, both Troye and Farah said that it was Ornato’s credibility that should be questioned. And they said they should testify under an oath about what happened in the presidential car and what the Secret Service did for the day.
“Tony Ornart It certainly seems to refuse the conversation He obviously had. ” Quoted in the 2021 book Troy tweeted about Trump’s White House.
In that episode, a riot came to look for him, so on January 6th Secret Service planned to move Pence out of the Capitol, but Pence had to stay and complete the voting certificate. I was told that there is. You can fix it. “
According to the Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, one of the book’s co-authors, Ornart denied a conversation with Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser, through a spokesman.
“Now he’s denying what he told Cassidy Hutchinson,” Troy said.
Ornato’must testify under an oath’
“Our people who worked with Tony know where his loyalty lies,” Troy added. “He should testify under an oath.”
Shortly thereafter, Farr Griffin, a former Trump White House communications director, said: Weighed in her own tweet..
“Tony Ornart also lied about me. During the protest at Lafayette Square in 2020, I need to warn Mark Meadows and Ornart to the press performed there before clearing the square. “She said. “Meadows replied:” We haven’t done that. “Tony later lied and said the exchange never happened. He knows it happened. “
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On Saturday, Leonnig also questioned Ornart’s truthfulness regarding the case involving Trump. She said in MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Ornart had lied to her and other reporters about the incident at Lafayette Square, and Trump’s aide did not clear the crowded park, so she walked to a nearby church. A hand that said he was able to take a picture with the Bible.
“That’s not true. He was at the center of it,” said Leonnig, who wrote the best-selling book “Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of Secret Service” in 2022.
“This was the person who worked as President Trump’s security detail leader, the number one man to protect his boss, and his boss liked him so much that he installed him in a political White House job. “Leonnig said. “It broke all the secret service traditions of the book because he remained as an employee of the secret service, but Trump essentially gave him all of his campaign events, all of his photography, He instructed the secret service to ensure everything he wanted to do. He left without problems to be reelected. “
And while most secret service agents leave politics behind when protecting the president and other top executives, Leonnig said Saturday. He defends the president to the end and he stays in touch with the world of Trump. “
“So Tony Ornart showed his boss that this story Cassidy Hutchinson said didn’t happen. Well, Tony Ornart said a lot didn’t happen,” Leonnig said. ..
Both Ornato and Engel have already privately testified before the House Committee, but the full details of what they said have not been revealed.
On Saturday, Troy said both of them should testify in response to Hutchinson’s claim so that the Commission and the American people can understand what they know about what happened on January 6th. I did.
“What really matters is whether he actually turned the steering wheel and touched it,” Troy said. “The only thing that keeps getting lost is that the president wants to go to the Capitol, and everyone disagrees that he felt he would go safely even if all of these people had weapons. Do not chant. “
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Two former White House aides say the best secret service officials may be lying to protect Trump