Driver Denies Trump Lunged for Wheel on Jan. 6 in Newly Released Testimony

Trump (Credits: The New Yorker)

The latest development in the investigation into the events of January 6, 2021, revolves around the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a key witness who claimed that former President Trump attempted to take control of the car en route to the Capitol following his speech near the White House.

Hutchinson’s testimony suggested that Trump was determined to join his supporters at the Capitol, even to the point of physically trying to steer the vehicle in that direction.

Donald Trump (Credits: Britannica)

However, the driver of Trump’s car on that day disputed Hutchinson’s account, stating that Trump never grabbed the steering wheel or tried to take control of the vehicle.

The driver affirmed Trump’s insistence on going to the Capitol but noted that the former president’s demeanor did not seem irate or agitated despite his raised voice. The driver also recalled Trump’s insistence that the crowd would be his supporters and, therefore, not a threat to him.

The driver’s testimony, as reported by The New York Times, seems to align with Trump’s overall behavior and demeanor that day, indicating that while he was determined to go to the Capitol, he did not resort to physical aggression or attempts to take control of the car.

The driver’s account also highlights Trump’s frustration with then-Vice President Mike Pence and his fixation on the size of the crowd during his speech at the Ellipse.

Trump (Credits: The New York Times)

The House Administration Republicans have criticized the exclusion of the driver’s transcript from the committee’s records, suggesting that it contradicts Hutchinson’s testimony.

However, the Department of Homeland Security’s general counsel reportedly reviewed the transcript for necessary redactions before its inclusion in the record.

This new development adds another layer to the complex narrative surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, highlighting the differing accounts and perspectives of those involved.

The ongoing investigation seeks to uncover the truth behind the Capitol attack and the role played by various individuals, including former President Trump.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.