Bannon Blasts Hutchinson For Changing Jan. 6 Testimony

Cassidy Hutchinson became one of the most prominent Trump administration turncoats when she testified against her former bosses before the House Jan. 6 committee and published a tell-all book about her experiences in the White House.

While her testimony garnered her favor among Democrats and various media pundits with transparent animosity toward former President Donald Trump, many on the right have publicly questioned the veracity of her claims.

Now that new evidence has surfaced suggesting that she changed her story after appearing before Congress, Hutchinson has become the target of even more direct opprobrium.

Podcast host Steve Bannon, who previously served as a top adviser to Trump, discussed the latest development with his guest, attorney Julie Kelly, during a recent episode.

Asserting that Hutchinson, whom he likened to Joan of Arc, “perjured herself” and “bald-face lied” to the congressional panel, Bannon asked Kelly: “Are you telling me now, Cassie Hutchinson, who has … taken Trump down on every TV show, wrote a worthless book, she went everywhere, got millions of dollars, she’s changing her testimony under the cover of night?”

Kelly answered in the affirmative, going on to break down the contents of a 15-page official correction that Hutchinson submitted following her testimony.

As Hutchinson described in her hearsay June 2022 testimony, Trump staffer Tony Ornato told her that Secret Service agent Bobby Engel physically prevented the then-president from forcing him to change the direction of the vehicle in the direction of the Capitol Hill protest on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Tony described him as being irate,” she claimed at the time. “The president said something to the effect of ‘I’m the f—ing president. Take me to the Capitol now.’ To which Bobby responded, ‘Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing.’ The president reached up toward the front of the vehicle to grab 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.”

Of course, Kelly noted that only a transcription of a prior Engel deposition was ever produced with the recordings apparently having been destroyed. Furthermore, she said that “hundreds of transcribed interviews” conducted by the committee have also disappeared.

For his part, Bannon said it all adds up to a sham probe that did not, despite including two token Republicans, include any real pushback from the minority.
“What exactly happened on Jan. 6?” he asked. “What was the planning for it? Who was involved in it? All the records, everything? We’re going to get to the bottom of this because this is outrageous.”