The Jan. 6 panel says the panel will ask the former Secret Service agent to testify again


Washington
CNN

Representative Zoe Lofgren, a member of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, told CNN on Sunday that the panel will ask former Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato to testify again.

“We are in a position to call Secret Service witnesses again for some additional questions in the near future,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “CNN Newsroom,” explaining that the panel “intended to do so.” get all the documentary evidence… more than a million documents”, which they have now done.

The House Select Committee has made it clear that it believes Ornato was a central figure who could provide valuable information about former President Donald Trump’s movements and intentions between January 6 and January 6.

Not only did Ornato once manage Trump’s detail, but he also made the unprecedented move to join the White House staff as deputy chief of staff in December 2019 on a temporary assignment and eventually returned to the Secret Service to complete his training program.

So far, Ornato has met with the board on two occasions – in January and March – as part of his investigation.

It’s unclear whether Ornato will end up testifying in connection with the claims of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Hutchinson specifically testified that Ornato told her that Trump had lashed out in anger and hit a member of his security detail when he demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6.

Asked who from the Secret Service would be called to testify again on Sunday, Lofgren also mentioned Trump’s Secret Service chief of staff, Robert Engel, “and others,” but did not specify who.

“We want to make sure we’re getting the right story. Some of the testimonies we received don’t seem to match with some of the documents, so we need to understand that better,” he said.