The top Secret Service spokesperson testified Monday before the House panel investigating the Capitol riot and discussed the explosive summer testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump’s White House aide, officials said Tuesday. sources familiar with the matter.
Anthony Guglielmi’s testimony, first reported by The Washington Post, touched on statements he made on behalf of the agency after Hutchinson testified publicly before the House committee on Jan. 6, it said. the sources.
When contacted for comment, Guglielmi referred NBC News to the January 6 committee, which declined to comment.
Hutchinson testified under oath that on January 6, 2021, President Donald Trump attempted to grab the steering wheel inside an armored SUV and rushed to his security when he learned he would not be not taken to the Capitol, where a crowd of his supporters was gathering.
Hutchinson said Tony Ornato, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, told him about the incident. She also said Bobby Engel, who ran Trump’s security detail, did not dispute Ornato’s account. Hutchinson’s account quickly came under scrutiny after sources said two witnesses were willing to testify under oath that the incident never happened.
Ornato, who left the agency in August for a job in the private sector, was the deputy chief of staff for operations as a political appointee at the time of the Jan. 6 riot.
A person close to the Secret Service said after Hutchinson’s testimony that the alleged altercation did not take place and suggested that Engel and the driver would say so under oath. Guglielmi said at the time that the agency was “cooperating fully” and that all personnel requested by the Jan. 6 committee were available to testify under oath.
The January 6 committee last held a public hearing in October. The panel is expected to continue its work beyond the November 8 election. If Republicans win the House next week, the committee’s investigation is unlikely to extend beyond early January, when the new Congress is sworn in.