Donald Trump, Hutchinson, Cassidy Hutchinson discussed on POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Presented by meadow. Hey, good morning, playbook or some Brooklyn one of Allen, it's a Wednesday. Yesterday's January 6th hearing probably couldn't have gone much worse for Donald Trump. It's your Politico playbook daily briefing. With vivid stories told in measured tones, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special assistant to the president, who worked as an aide to chief of staff Mark Meadows, quote stitched together every element of the panel's case against Donald Trump. But it goes called Cheney and Nicholas were right. Quote, the capital right committee has painted the former president's potential criminal culpability for his effort to overturn the election and stark Hughes. Investigators have portrayed Trump fuming atop an increasingly conservative west wing, and working to corrupt the peaceful transfer of power at any cost. There's a longer breakdown in today's playbook, but among the stunning revelations and Hutchinson's testimony. Trump knew that supporters on January 6th were armed and didn't care. Trump demanded his team taken to the capitol. When the motorcade refused to go to the capitol, Trump angrily grabbed the steering wheel and allegedly assaulted a Secret Service agent. Trump agreed with writers that vice president Mike Pence quote deserved to be hanged. Meadows and Giuliani were entrusted in pardons from Trump for their actions related to January 6th, and attempts to overturn the election. Though the former president took the truth social to deny the most damning testimony and attack Hutchinson, much of Trump world has been quiet and most Republicans aren't pushing back on the core of the testimony. Even as some suggest that her most explosive allegations are supposedly hearsay. Michael bender Maggie haberman from The New York Times write quote, current and former aides to mister Trump sent one another messages of the hearing took place, describing a series of disclosures that they conceded were potentially quite damaging, mostly politically, but also potentially legally. Our own calcium writes in quote, Trump allies will seek out any potentially disputable aspect of her testimony and use it to discredit her entirely. The select committee has also staked a lot on Hutchinson's credibility holding up. There was lots of confidence from the panel after Tuesday's hearing that she had delivered effectively. Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had this to say, quote, this is explosive stuff. I know her. I don't think she's lying. Here's the question, though, what comes next? Legally, Devlin Barrett from The Washington Post writes that, quote, in Hutchinson's testimony, experts see nuggets for justice probe, New York Times Peter baker, quote, but did Trump commit a crime. This is the smoking gun, so weissenberg, a former deputy to Kent star, tells me about today's hearing. There isn't any question this establishes a prima facie case for his criminal culpability on seditious conspiracy charges. For the committee, political Betsy Woodruff Swan and Nicholas we write quote, Ginny Thomas lawyer has serious concerns about January 6th committee fairness. Kyle Cheney, quote eastman drops bid to block phone records from January 6th committee. Politically, CNN's Gabby orr and Pamela Brown Wright, quote the startling revelations from Hutchinson's testimony about Trump's erratic behavior and state of mind on January 6th can make it easier for Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the former president in a primary, should he run a Trump ally added. This is basically a campaign commercial for Florida governor Ron DeSantis 2024. Here's what's up in Washington today starting with The White House, president Joe Biden has already participated in a greeting with native secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and attended a meeting with NATO heads of state and government still to come. Meetings with the South Korean president, Japanese prime minister, another NATO meeting, a meeting with Turkish president Erdoğan, and a transatlantic dinner hosted by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez. Vice president Kamala Harris heads to San Francisco at two 45 today. The House and the Senate are out today. All right, for more news and recap.