Jan. 6 committee member says former Secret Service agent will be asked to testify again


Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a member of the House choose committee investigating the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol, informed CNN on Sunday the panel will ask former Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato to testify again.

“We’re able within the very close to future to name the witnesses from the Secret Service again in for a number of extra questions,” the California Democrat informed CNN’s Pamela Brown on “CNN Newsroom,” explaining that the panel had wished to “get by means of all of the documentary proof … over one million paperwork,” which they’ve now achieved.

The House choose committee has made clear it believes Ornato was a central determine who might present worthwhile details about former President Donald Trump’s actions and intentions main up to and on January 6.

Not solely did Ornato as soon as run Trump’s element, however he additionally made the unprecedented transfer of becoming a member of White House employees because the deputy chief of employees in (*6*) 2019 on a short lived project and ultimately returned to the Secret Service to run its coaching program.

To this level, Ornato has met with the panel on two events — in January and March — as a part of its investigation.

It’s not clear whether or not Ornato will find yourself testifying associated to the claims from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former Trump White House chief of employees Mark Meadows. Hutchinson particularly testified that Ornato had informed her about Trump lashing out in anger and lunging at a member of his protecting element as he demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6.

Asked Sunday who else from the Secret Service would be referred to as again to testify, Lofgren additionally talked about the pinnacle of Trump’s Secret Service element, Robert Engel, “and some others,” however didn’t specify whom.

“We need to make it possible for we’re getting the straight story. Some of the testimony obtained does not appear to align with a few of the paperwork, so we’ve a necessity to perceive that higher from them,” she mentioned.


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