Former Trump Aide Claims Trump Mentioned “Hang” During Capitol Riot

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Cassidy Hutchinson
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies before U.S. House Select Committee six hearing with on its Jan. 6 investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 28, 2022. Photo by Yuri Gripas/ABACAPRESS.COM/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

In a startling revelation, former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson has made a claim regarding former President Donald Trump’s reaction to the January 6 Capitol insurrection. According to Hutchinson’s newly released book, as disclosed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Trump allegedly used the word “hang” while watching the rioters chant “hang Mike Pence” on television in the dining room adjacent to the Oval Office.

Hutchinson’s account describes the scene, stating, “I take a few steps back as Mark takes my place in the doorway and strain to listen to both conversations. The TV in the Oval dining room is blaring, and the president is yelling. What’s he saying? I can’t make it out. I hear him say ‘hang’ repeatedly. Hang? What’s that about? Mark hands his phone back to me, the cue for me to return to my desk.”

This revelation follows Hutchinson’s previous testimony before the House January 6 committee, where she claimed to have overheard then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows discussing Trump’s response to the rioters’ chants about hanging Vice President Mike Pence. She asserted that Trump responded with the comment that Pence “deserves” it.

Notably, Trump has vehemently denied making any statement suggesting that Pence deserved to be hanged, labeling Hutchinson’s account as untrue. Mark Meadows, on the other hand, has not publicly commented on the matter.

During an interview in March of the previous year, ABC Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Trump if he was concerned about Pence’s safety during the Capitol siege. Trump responded, “No, I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape. … No, because, uh, I had heard he was in very good shape. But, but — no, I think –” Trump’s response appeared to downplay the gravity of the chants directed at Pence.

In her newly published book titled “Enough,” Hutchinson also made additional claims concerning the chaotic atmosphere in the final days of the Trump presidency. One such claim alleges that Meadows regularly burned documents in the fireplace of his office. According to reports by The New York Times, The Guardian, and CNN, Hutchinson wrote that Meadows burned so many documents that his wife complained about the dry-cleaning costs required to eliminate the “bonfire” smell.

Meadows’ spokesperson, however, contested this account, asserting that Meadows often used old newspapers to start fires in his office fireplace, which had “nothing to do with documents.”

Hutchinson had previously testified before the House January 6 committee that Meadows burned papers in his office after a meeting with then-Rep. Rick Perry, who chaired the House Freedom Caucus.

Appearing on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Hutchinson criticized the alleged mishandling of classified documents during the final days of the Trump administration as “reckless and careless.”

Hutchinson made an appearance on ABC’s “The View” but did not address the claims mentioned in her book during the show.

Additionally, Hutchinson alleges in her book that Rudy Giuliani groped her at Trump’s January 6 rally tent, a claim that Giuliani vehemently denied, according to multiple reports.

Despite witnessing events leading up to the January 6 insurrection and the tumultuous final days of the Trump administration, Hutchinson expressed a desire in her book to continue working for Trump at Mar-a-Lago after his term ended. However, she claimed that Meadows conveyed Trump’s suspicion that she had leaked the names of individuals joining him in Florida to the press, leading to her change of plans.

These claims by Hutchinson have added another layer of controversy and intrigue to the ongoing discussions surrounding the events of January 6 and the final days of the Trump administration.

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