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‘There was ketchup dripping down the wall’: Ex-aide tells Jan. 6 panel Trump threw lunch after AG denied election fraud

Then-US Attorney General William Barr listens as then-US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican state attorneys general in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, September 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Then-US Attorney General William Barr listens as then-US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican state attorneys general in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, September 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Testifying before the House’s January 6 Committee, an aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says former US president Donald Trump was so mad after reading his attorney general Bill Barr had denied there had been any election fraud that Trump threw his lunch across the room.

“I first noticed there was ketchup dripping down the wall and there was a shattered porcelain plate on the floor,” Cassidy Hutchinson solemnly tells the committee. “The valet had articulated that the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s AP interview and had thrown his lunch against the wall.”

Hutchinson tells the House committee investigating the violent insurrection that Trump was informed the supporters he addressed the morning of January 6 had weapons but he told officials to “let my people in” and march to the Capitol.

Trump demanded to accompany them, she says, and at one point he aggressively grabbed the steering wheel in the presidential limousine after he was told by security officials that it wasn’t safe.

Hutchinson quotes Trump as directing his staff, in profane terms, to take away metal-detectors he thought would slow down supporters who’d gathered in Washington.

In videotaped testimony played before the committee, she recalls the former president saying words to the effect of: ”“I don’t f-in’ care that they have weapons.”

“They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f-in’ mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here,” Hutchinson testifies.

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