At a rally in favor of numerous candidates on Friday in Arizona, former President Trump criticized the work of the House Select Committee looking into the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising.
Trump held a rally in Prescott Valley in favor of Blake Masters, who he has endorsed for the Senate, and Kari Lake, who he has endorsed for governor. He mentioned watching the committee’s most recent session on Thursday, which focused on Trump’s conduct while the disturbance at the Capitol building occurred, and labeled it a “hoax” during his speech.
Additionally, Trump refuted the testimony Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior adviser to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, provided to the committee last month.
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Trump’s deputy chief of staff at the time, Tony Ornato, allegedly told Hutchinson about an incident on January 6 in the presidential car in which Trump became agitated after being told he couldn’t travel to the Capitol after giving a speech at the Ellipse that day. She claimed Ornato had informed her that Trump had lunged at a Secret Service agent and attempted to grab the car’s steering wheel.
Robert Engel, the agent who Trump is accused of lunging towards, was there when Ornato told her about the event, and according to Hutchinson’s testimony, Engel did not contest any of the details.
Trump refuted Hutchinson’s story, asserting that he could not physically have done so and that he would not have done so. He commended the Secret Service for refuting the claim.
Ornato and Engel have stated that they are prepared to testify in order to refute Hutchinson’s account of the incident.
However, at its hearing on Thursday, the House Jan. 6 committee presented additional witnesses who appeared to back Hutchinson’s evidence.
A former Washington, D.C., police officer testified in video evidence that he was in the presidential motorcade on January 6 and was informed that Trump was “adamant” about coming to the Capitol and had a “heated debate” about it. Trump was allegedly “irate” at not being able to visit the Capitol, according to an unnamed former employee of the White House.
Trump also slammed the committee’s members, particularly Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
He claimed that the “corrupt establishment” is targeting him in order to maintain their position of authority. He asserted that his adversaries would do anything they could to hurt him.
Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona state house, spoke during a committee hearing on January 6 last month. Trump also disparaged him. President Biden’s victory in Arizona was challenged by Trump and his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to Bowers’ testimony, but Bowers refused and disregarded Trump’s fictitious allegations of voter fraud.
Trump has endorsed Bowers’ rival, state senator David Farnsworth, in the race for a position in the Arizona state Senate (R).
Bowers was referred to by Trump as a “RINO coward,” which stands for “Republican in name only.” Bowers, according to him, “disgraced” Arizona and “did nothing” to ensure election integrity.
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The “persecution of Donald Trump would immediately stop,” according to Trump, provided he repudiated his opinions, promised to remain silent, and declared he would not compete for any other political position in the future. But he claimed he couldn’t.
The former vice president Mike Pence, who is supporting Karrin Taylor Robson in the race for governor, will be in Arizona the same weekend as Trump’s speech.
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