Trump dismisses allegations of attacking security during Jan. 6 Capitol riots

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump expressed his wish to have gone to the Capitol on Jan6, 2021, during remarks in Wisconsin, The Hill reported on May 1.

Trump refuted claims of aggressive behavior towards his security detail, particularly dismissing allegations that he tried to lunge at officers driving him after being refused passage to the Capitol.

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"Remember the person that said I attacked a Secret Service agent in the front of the car?" Trump said.

"It’s not my deal. I’m a lover, not a fighter. You know these Secret Service guys, I hate to admit it, but they're just a tad younger than me."

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In his speech, Trump mocked the assertions of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified before a congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 riots. Hutchinson had claimed that during the unrest, Trump attempted to seize the steering wheel of his vehicle in a bid to direct it towards the Capitol.

"This is crazy stuff," Trump said.

"I sat in the back, I said 'I’d like to go down there because I see a lot of people walking down. They said, 'Sir, it’s better if you don’t.' I said, 'Well, I’d like to … whatever you guys think' That was the whole one of the conversation. These people are crazy."

Hutchinson's critical testimony before the now-disbanded Jan. 6 committee in 2022 raised fresh inquiries about Trump's conduct and his attempts to join supporters heading to the Capitol. Trump's driver contradicted claims that Trump tried to seize control of the car.

"[President Trump] never grabbed the steering wheel," the unnamed driver told the committee’s investigators.

"I didn’t see him, you know, lunge to try to get into the front seat at all."

Congress met to certify Democrat Joe Biden's presidential victory on Jan. 6, 2021, but the session was disrupted when supporters of Donald Trump breached the Capitol.

Shortly before, during, or immediately after the Capitol riot, five people died, and over 100 police officers were injured. Tragically, four police officers who confronted the Capitol invaders reportedly took their own lives in early August 2021.

After the riot, a joint session of Congress reconvened, officially confirming the results of the presidential election and Biden's victory.

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On Jan. 13, 2021, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to impeach Trump. The case proceeded to the Senate, where, a month later, he was acquitted of inciting the Capitol riot due to ten votes short of impeachment.

Biden said that the guilt of his predecessor was undeniable, although he was not impeached.

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