Former President Donald Trump admitted on Saturday that he was the one “on trial” in the dramatic televised hearings held by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising — and he’s not happy about it.
“So the thugs rigged and stole a presidential election, and I am on trial,” he wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social. “We really are a nation in decline!”
The post was his first clear concession that he is the one in the hot seat as the testimony gets closer to the bone for him. The Jan. 6 panel’s review of the Capitol storming last year is far from a simple retelling of events and is framed more as a case against Trump.
While the committee has held public hearings over the past month, Trump has generally tried to distract in his Truth Social posts by lambasting President Joe Biden on topics like inflation and rising fuel prices. gasoline. But on Tuesday, he was all about the panel hearing, posting several attacks on Cassidy Hutchinson during and after his gripping testimony.
Among his most damning revelations, Hutchinson, who was an aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, said Trump wanted to drop security checks for his supporters, who were known to carry guns. , and allow them to march to the Capitol on January 6. “They’re not here to hurt mesaid Hutchinson, quoting Trump.
Hutchinson also said he was told the former president angrily threw himself behind the wheel of the vehicle he was traveling in because he wanted to go to the Capitol to be with his supporters and that the Secret Service had refused to take him.
Trump claimed Hutchinson’s accusation of his behavior in the car had been debunked. Although some members of the Secret Service told the media that his version of events would be contradicted, no public or official statement has been made.
Other Secret Service sources told CNN last week that members of the agency had been talking about Trump’s over-the-top behavior in the car for some time.
Trump was so shaken by Hutchinson’s testimony that The New York Times reported on Friday that he was considering distracting public attention from his ongoing “trial” by stepping up his official announcement that he is running for president as soon as this month.