Ex-White House aide shares ‘firsthand’ Jan 6 stories

In the sixth public hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot, Cassidy Hutchinson, a surprise witness and former White House aide to Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified that Trump repeatedly pressed to be allowed to go to the Capitol on January 6.

Her position gave her access to the president and his closest aides in the days leading up to and during the Capitol riot.

Before his speech, when told some of his supporters were armed, Trump said “I don’t even care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me,” Hutchinson recounted. She said Trump instructed staff to let them all into his rally anyway and they could “march the Capitol” from there.

Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from the Washington, DC.

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