A day later and we're still talking about Cassidy Hutchinson's uncorroborated, (and dubious) secondhand testimony at the J6 Star Chamber that President Trump tried to physically carjack "The Beast" (or a different presidential SUV, it's not entirely clear) for the Secret Service to go the mix up near the Capital. As Stacy McCain notes, it's Like an Old REO Speedwagon Song Heard it from a friend who Heard it from a friend who Heard it from another . . ."
Nobody on the J6 Committee asked Secret Service to corroborate Hutchinson’s account. In fact, there is zero corroboration of her tale. Which is not to say that it has been proven false, exactly, and I suppose it is within the realm of possibility that (a) Hutchinson’s testimony will eventually be corroborated and (b) monkeys will fly out of my butt.Trump J6 Beast Mode Meme Fest. Even AllahPundit at Haut Hair admits Ornato was "shocked" at Hutchinson claim about Trump trying to grab steering wheel on Jan. 6. He's still holding out hope, though, to wit, "Hutchinson’s credibility now depends in great part on Ornato’s response to her testimony. If he admits that he told her about Trump getting pushy but that the story turned out to be false, she’s okay. If he accuses her of lying then she becomes a problematic witness." At NYPo, Secret Service vows response to bombshell Donald Trump ‘lunge’ claim. ADN America, ABC, NBC News: U.S. Secret Service to dispute Cassidy Hutchinson Jan. 6 account, sources say Trump did not attack agent or reach for wheel. At Da Wire, January 6 Committee Member Admits Star Witness’ Evidence Is Hearsay, No Corroborating Evidence. Why not, you interviewed the agents. Sundance at CTH, The J6 Committee Went Full Jussie Smollett Today and It is Hilarious. USAToday, Jan. 6 live coverage: Meadows, Giuliani dispute testimony that they sought pardons, which, of course, she reported second hand. Althouse, You've heard of the smoking gun. Now comes the splattering ketchup. "From "Here's every word from the sixth Jan. 6 committee hearing on its investigation" (NPR)" "Is this post unfair? Yes. That's deliberate. It's intended as a commentary on unfairness. The January 6th committee hearings are unfair." At Twitchy, ‘Amazing stuff’: Cassidy Hutchinson’s sworn J6 testimony is being pivoted to ‘anecdote’ status and ABC News’ Jon Karl explains why he tweeted ‘thank you, Cassidy Hutchinson’ (and makes the hackery even worse) Greta Van Susteren@greta, "If questioner (Cheney) wants to appear fair to jury (American people), it probably is not a good idea to get caught on camera hugging the witness…see below from @Politico; already people have very strong feelings - both ways - about this hearing and pics like this don’t help;"
But true believers hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest. WaPoo (cited at Haut Hair), In Hutchinson’s testimony, experts see "nuggets" for Justice probe. If they can get past the falsehoods. Also, Trump supporters raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony. Then they got confused. "The former president’s backers quickly spun an online conspiracy theory that he couldn’t possibly have lunged for his driver’s steering wheel on Jan. 6, 2021. When evidence suggested otherwise, they changed tack." Ace, Washington Post: Right-Wing Critics Got "Confused" In Claiming That Trump Was Riding In "The Beast," Rather Than in an SUV
Oh, Trump wasn't in The Beast that day? He was really in an SUV?
I wonder where those stupid Trumpalos got that stupid idea from!
Oh right, from Superstar Bombshell Witness Madison Cornbread herself, after having been -- we thought -- prepared and fact-checked by the All-Star Blue-Ribbon Panel we know as the January 6th Committee.
Also at WaPoo, Hutchinson testimony: Assessing the basis for aide’s explosive claims, "Some of her testimony to the Jan. 6 committee, given under oath, was based on firsthand knowledge; other details were relayed secondhand." Never-Trumper Andy McCarthy at NR, cited by Haut Hair, thinks Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony against Trump is devastating. Ace, Noted "Conservative" Legal Analyst Andy McCarthy of NRO and the Rest of the NeverTrump True Conservative All-Stars Go Balls-Deep on Madison Cornbread's "He Lunged For the Wheel" Hoax GlennGreenwald@ggreenwald, JOURNALISTS, all day yesterday: Trump assaulted his Secret Service agents and grabbed the wheel of the presidential limo!!! Headline news. Smoking gun!!!! SECRET SERVICE AGENTS: That never happened. JOURNALISTS: That was never an important part of the testimony."
So to recap, there were three “bombshells” in yesterday’s testimony. Two of them have been debunked and the third, that AR-15s were present in the crowd, has no evidence to back it and is so absurd and impossible as to be laughable. What a roaring success, right?
But don’t be fooled. This is exactly what Liz Cheney and the rest of the dishonest hacks on the committee wanted. They don’t care that they put a liar under oath and had her repeat a bunch of easily disproven nonsense. The goal here was to garner headlines that will now become part of the collective psyche. No one will remember the debunkings, mostly because they won’t even be largely reported.
WaPoo, Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. PM, Mo Brooks will testify before Jan 6 Committee after losing Trump's endorsement in Senate race. At Da Fed, Tristan Justice reports Ginni Thomas Demands Context From J6 Panel Before She’ll Cooperate With The Hostile Probe
In March, Ginni became the center of a fabricated controversy related to the Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation when the panel leaked a series of private text messages with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The messages, 29 in all, revealed a conservative activist pleading with a government official to continue investigating allegations of election fraud in the pandemic-era contest, which included record-level turnout in the form of mail-in voting that was ripe for misconduct.WATCH: CNN guest says Trump 'was responsible for 9/11'. Freudian slip? From John Solomon at JTN, Jan. 6 panel effort to blame Trump for violence ignores pointed warnings Congress got much earlier "On New Year’s Eve, Capitol Police were warned protesters planned an “armed encampment” and would “hang corpses of Democrats” on Jan. 6. Other intelligence flagged potential for snipers." Clay Travis@ClayTravis "We’ve got forty year high inflation, cities are setting all time highs for murders all over the country, gas prices just set an all time high, the border is wide open, hell, moms can’t even find baby formula, and Democrats see all this going on and focus on Trump?!" InteractivePolls@IAPolls2022 "New CBS poll: “investigating January 6th” was the LEAST important issues to voters"
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Paoletta also outlined skepticism that the committee was operating in good faith in its desire to bring Ginni before lawmakers, considering her husband is among the most targeted members of the Supreme Court.
The Center Square reports the FBI’s response to attacks on pregnancy clinics undergoes scrutiny. I don't think they're going after them with the vigor of Jan. 6. Sundance, Tucker Carlson Walks Through a List of Political Dissidents the Biden Administration Has Targeted in the Last 18 Months
“The extreme social gender experiments being forced onto small children are nothing short of government-directed child abuse and child sexual exploitation,” said Stephen Miller, co-founder of America First Legal.
“These are mafia tactics from Loudoun schools, being used to sexualize and indoctrinate children as young as five, all in the name of forcing radical gender ideology onto captive minors. If this was happening outside the context of a school, the adults engineering and sanctioning this madness would be under criminal investigation,” added Miller, who heads the legal outfit with fellow former Trump aide Mark Meadows.