“This committee has engaged in widespread manipulation of evidence. They’re refusing to provide the testimony of people who dispute the narrative that they’re trying to construct. They are running roughshod over our American ideals of what should happen when you accuse people of crimes, and whether there should be the ability to make a defense or have a cross-examination.”
That was Mollie Hemingway, speaking Tuesday night with Laura Ingraham on FOX News. “I mean,” she said, “those rights are enshrined in the Constitution, and our congressional committees are supposed to honor that in the way they conduct their hearings. That has not been the case since Day 1, and today, this was just absurd.”
“ABSURD” is the word. Hemingway was referring to the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Even before it was refuted --- and it quickly was --- it should’ve been seen as the wild hearsay it was, something that would never be allowed in a courtroom, for good reason.
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This happened during Tuesday’s “emergency” hearing of the January 6 committee, which they called because they thought they had game-changing testimony that would rock the political world! It mostly showed they have rocks in their heads. Hutchinson testified she’d been told that President Trump was so upset and ready to wage insurrection at the Capitol that he assaulted two Secret Service agents in his car and tried to grab the steering wheel.
Very quickly, Peter Alexander of NBC News --- not a news outlet known for its defense of Trump --- refuted this story, tweeting, “A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.”
As Bonchie at REDSTATE reports (and I can attest), President Trump was known for the respect he always gave Secret Service agents. Of course they’d speak up right away to set the record straight. “The only thing I can take from this is that the January 6 committee is full of idiots,” he writes. “They actually thought they could have an aide spin fanciful, third-hand tales and that there’d be no pushback…We are supposed to believe that Trump fought his way into the front seat of the presidential limo (or a suburban depending on who you ask) as a 74-year-old, overweight man, overtaking two Secret Service agents to ‘grab the wheel’? I mean, if he wanted to go to the Capitol, he was the president. All he had to do was say, ‘Take me to the Capitol.’”
“Honestly, I can’t stop laughing,” he says. “I find this entire episode absolutely hilarious.”
Take it from someone who’s personally ridden in “The Beast” with the President –- there is NO WAY he could get to the driver. However, a picture of Trump leaving the rally shows that he was in the SUV. Either way, if this committee cared about the truth, they would’ve checked out this story out and traced it to whoever apparently made it up or grossly exaggerated it. (She testified that she'd heard it from then-White House deputy chief of operations Tony Ornato, who is denying that this happened or that he'd told her it happened.) This is why hearsay testimony is not allowed in courtrooms. It’s just embarrassing, or would be, if the committee had any sense of shame.
FOX News reports that he January 6 committee and the Secret Service are “in discussions” as to whether the two agents will testify on camera. My sense is that this won't be happening.
Here’s another take on the story, complete with Trump’s posts on Truth Social about Hutchinson’s claim, which he called “sick and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself.”
“Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” he continued. (See?) He went on to deny another of her claims, that he was throwing food. “And why would SHE have to clean it up, I hardly knew who she was?”
Chris Menahan at INFORMATION LIBERATION said, “Hutchinson’s story actually made Trump sound pretty awesome and I must say I’m rather disappointed to learn that it never happened.”
THE PALMIERI REPORT offers a bit more about Hutchinson herself. Their previous report revealed that she’d wanted to work for Trump in Florida after he left the White House but was turned down for the job.
Let’s move on from this absurdity to something we really should be concerned about. Andrew C. McCarthy has brought up something odd about the FBI’s heavy-handed raids on Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman: agents were working not on behalf of a U.S. district attorney’s office but for the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The warrant on Eastman didn’t even mention any specific crime for which the evidence sought by the warrant might be relevant.
As my readers will know, the OIG has jurisdiction only with current federal government employees. They do not investigate crimes. They investigate “to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct involving DOJ programs and personnel, and promote economy and efficiency in DOJ operations.”
McCarthy points out that John Eastman was not a government employee in 2020, much less a DOJ employee (and he certainly isn’t one now). He was Donald Trump’s private legal counsel. So how does the OIG have legitimate cause to be investigating him? Liz Cheney is trying to tie him to Jeffrey Clark, who was acting head of the DOJ Criminal Division in 2020 but has not worked at the DOJ for over a year. And if they’re alleging that Clark was part of a conspiracy to subvert the democratic process after the 2020 election, the OIG doesn’t have jurisdiction there, either. As McCarthy says, “It’s not the IG’s mission to investigate --- much less obtain search warrants to probe --- such felony federal violations as obstruction of Congress and seditious conspiracy.”
So what’s going on? McCarthy thinks Biden’s DOJ is doing it this way to hide the fact that they’re really conducting a criminal investigation of Trump. They’re PRETENDING to investigate only whether Clark engaged in waste, fraud or abuse of DOJ programs. He suspects they went “covertly” to federal judges –- and they’d be able to judge-shop for this –- to obtain warrants that enabled federal agents to “rifle through the belongings of these Trump associates, only after subjecting them to the humiliation of temporary arrest and frisk, without notifying their lawyers.” The prize: all those electronics they’re confiscating --- especially Eastman's, I would think --- with their thousands and thousands of messages to pick through, just to find something, anything, to use against Donald Trump.
In related news, Michael Stenger, the former Senate sergeant-at-arms who oversaw security during the January 6 rally, died Monday at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 71, a Marine Corps veteran who spent 35 years with the Secret Service before joining the Senate sergeant-at-arms team in 2011, reaching the top post in 2018. He resigned the day after the January 6 security breach, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell requested his resignation.
According to a Senate Rules Committee report, he’d had some “informal conversations” with Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund (who also resigned, along with the House sergeant-at-arms) about the level of need for National Guard troops on that day. Perhaps we’ll find out more about Mr. Stenger’s views at the time concerning that need.
Here he is, from February 2021, offering a brief prepared statement about January 6, as posted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
We have no additional detail about his death at this point, and no reason to think it was related to the current investigation. Please pray for his grieving family and loved ones, who surely don't wish for the media attention they're going to get.
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Carol J Mathews
07/01/2022 12:53 PM
People die connected to the Clintons. Are they also going to die when connected to other Democrate elites? (Like Ms Nancy) I do hope that his death was natural causes and not made to look like natural causes. This January 6 committee has made up a crime and are looking for something to prove their already made up minds. Guilty by implication not facts. Sew the seeds of deceit and hope they grow in people's heads. mostly in the empty spaces.
Douglas D Settle
06/30/2022 01:43 PM
I follow you and appreciate the commentary with links and perspectives. Re: The Hutchinson testimony about Pres. trump reaching to take the wheel. Despite the J6 being one big kangaroo court I have Googled the "Beast" and its a big machine, however, one source cites built in capability of the president/VP to lower the glass shield between drivers and passengers. Any way we can confirm or dispel this suggestion?
06/30/2022 12:16 AM
This is a comment on your article “Pro-Death”. We need to refer to people that think killing pre-born babies is a choice as “Pro-Murder”.
Regarding the J6 nonsense, it’s too boring to… zzzzz.
Sorry, I fell asleep.
06/29/2022 09:22 PM
This prime time debacle probably will reach its goal of making sure Trump does not get another shot into the WH. Like a spoiled child who will not stop his temper tantrum until he gets his way, we have seen over the past several years how they fabricated allegations, collusion, and over the top unbelievably stupid testimonials, only to exhaust the American people of their tyrant. People will probably not want Trump back, only because they are sick and tired of the lunatics of the left who are still angry, like Hillary, for their inability to still the election fraudulently in 2016.
06/29/2022 08:43 PM
What's up with these lying, deceitful women who shamefully attempt to ruin someone's reputation by literally making up foolishness!!?? Remember Ford....she lied and almost ruined Brett Kavanaugh....how about Herd, she lied and tried to ruin Depp....now we have Cassidy Hutchinson.....these women sure are giving women in general a bad rap!!!
06/29/2022 08:23 PM
Mollie Hemingway— hummm—- Wasn’t there a guy with a last name like that who wrote great fiction stories? He made a good living from it too right? Wondering if Mollie got paid for her fantasy work? I probably could put something together if if they offered me some big bucks. But I really like President Trump so I don’t or wouldn’t fabricate lies for money. Anyone want to hear what Nancy Pilose and someone was doing when her hubby was drunk and wrecked the car?? Pay up please!! I don’t like her or Chuck!! Oops let out a little!! Ha!
06/29/2022 06:57 PM
for my gas car I can call AAA if I run out of fuel - - - - - - -
WHO you gonna call who'd be able to rescue you anywhere and anytime if any electric car runs out of power ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Ann C. Rhodes
06/29/2022 06:39 PM
They will eventually (?) leave Trump out of their tedious exaggerated lies to cover their ineptness.
He is no longer president. I wonder if they really understand how keeping his name out in the public arena isn't making HIM the villain? But THEY are. This is bullying. Like grammer school kids.
They have used Clinton-tactics for so many years, it has eternally made them liars and under suspicion. Even their families are now being inspected and infected by blood.
06/29/2022 04:15 PM
Mike Huckabee- the whole Jan 6th witch hunt is overseen by one lady, Nasty Nancy who wants SO much to be able to pin anything on DJ Trump. She has a great dislike for that man, why ? Because he wasn't like everybody else. He wasn't corrupted, and really tried to run an honest presidency.
06/29/2022 03:47 PM
These perfectly idiotic sham "hearings" demonstrate a complete miscarriage of justice intended to smear a truly great leader - President Trump - and redirect attention away from the fact that the 2020 election was stolen by the demonscat leadership. By the way, when it comes to people dying nowadays, such as this older poor gentleman, young up and coming sports stars, and everyone in-between, I would welcome knowing whether or not if and when they had received the Covid-19 vaccine, knowing specifically which one, and knowing when and how many booster shots they received, if any. I don't need any doctor to first find causality. Everyone of us can easily keep our own scorecards; I firmly believe that the multitude of unexpected deaths following administration of Covid-19 vaccines/boosters is a giant cover-up by the biomedical fascists! Check out "cchfreedom.org."