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First on CNN: DC police officer in Trump motorcade on January 6 corroborates details of heated Secret Service exchange at committee

The Metropolitan Police Department officer was in the motorcade with the Secret Service for Trump on Jan. 6 and related what was seen to committee investigators, the source said.

A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment. A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to the comment.

The description of the angry exchange between Trump and his secret service was a standout moment during June’s testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson said she heard a second-hand account told to her by then-White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato that Trump was so enraged at his Secret Service detail for stopping him from going. at the Capitol on the day of the insurrection that “he reached toward the front of the vehicle to grab the steering wheel” and then “used his free hand to rush toward” his senior Secret Service agent, Robert Engel. Hutchinson said testified that Ornato told him the story in front of Engel and that he did not dispute the account.

None of the officers named in the testimony have publicly commented on Hutchinson’s testimony. But soon after, a Secret Service official who would speak only in the background said Engel would deny parts of the story about Trump grabbing the steering wheel and rushing an agent over his detail. The agency said the officers involved would testify to that effect, although they have not yet returned to the committee to testify.

The committee is also talking with the driver who was in the presidential SUV regarding possible testimony, the source said. A lawyer for the driver did not respond to a request for comment.

CNN previously reported that two Secret Service sources said they heard of Trump angrily demanding to go to Capitol Hill and berating his details when he was unsuccessful. The sources told CNN that stories circulated about the incident in the months after Jan. 6 — including details similar to what Hutchinson described to the committee.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to clarify the type of vehicle in which the reported incident between Trump and his Secret Service detail took place.

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