Secret Service Records Challenge January 6 Committee Claims

In a development that casts doubt on the narrative set forth by the House Democrats’ final report on the events of January 6, 2021, recent revelations from internal Secret Service records present a contrasting account of President Donald Trump’s actions and intentions.

Most directly, the new evidence challenges the committee’s assertion that President Trump had planned to join the protestors at the Capitol that day.

The January 6 Select House Committee was hand-picked by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over the objections of then-Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Pelosi eventually chose only two Republicans for the committee, former Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), both of whom are strident opponents of President Trump and the America First movement.

The now-dissolved committee’s final report, released in December 2022, emphatically stated that Trump intended to participate in the protests that day, either directly at the Capitol or from a nearby location. This claim has been a central piece of the narrative adopted by lawmakers and media alike. However, the validity of these assertions is now in question.

The Secret Service has also cast doubt on the testimony of one of the January 6 Committee’s star witnesses. Former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s statements included suggestions that President Trump attempted to commandeer the presidential limo to go to the Capitol in advance of the breach of the building. The Secret Service now says no evidence corroborates her wild claims.

Other internal Secret Service documents reveal there was no plan for Trump to visit the Capitol at any point on January 6. Given the stringent security protocols for presidential trips, the absence of preparations for a Capitol visit is telling. The Secret Service’s plan for the day codenamed “Mogul,” did not include a stop at the Capitol, either planned in advance or ordered on the spur of the moment as the committee has directly indicated.

This emerging evidence aligns with recent criticism of the January 6 Committee. Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), have called for investigations into the committee, labeling its work a sham.

The release of security footage from the Capitol, now fully authorized by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), aims to provide a more transparent view of the events, unlike the committee’s portrayal.

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