Secret Service Agents Prepared to Testify Trump Didn't Try to Commandeer Limo on Jan. 6: Latest Odds

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Jagajeet Chiba
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The Secret Service says it will produce both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine driver following damning testimony Tuesday during a January 6 Committee hearing related to the attack on the Capitol.

An aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows offered bombshell testimony she was told by Engel that former President Donald Trump attempted to commandeer the limo he was in, known as "the beast", after being told he could not go to the Capitol while the attack was underway. 

Cassidy Hutchinson also said she was told Trump lunged at Engel.


She provided the following shock testimony:

So once the president had gotten into the vehicle with Bobby [Engel, the head of his security detail], he thought that they were going up to the Capitol. And when Bobby had relayed to him, we’re not, we don’t have the assets to do it, it’s not secure. We’re going back to the West Wing.

The president had a very strong, very angry response to that.

Tony described him as being irate. The president said something to the effect of, “I’m the F-ing president! Take me up to the Capitol now.”

To which Bobby responded, “Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing.”

The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, said, “Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.”

Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel and Mr., when [Secret Service official] Mr. [Tony] Ornato had recounted the story to me, he had motioned towards his clavicles.


The agency released this statement hours later: 

“U.S. Secret Service has been cooperating with the Select Committee since its inception in spring 2021, and will continue to do so, including by responding on the record to the Committee regarding the new allegations surfaced in today’s testimony."

NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Peter Alexander tweeted later on Tuesday:

“A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel."

So will Engel testify under oath and refute Hutchinson's story?  Inquiring minds want to know. has pre-betting odds of -300 that Engel testifies prior to July 15, 2022.  BetOnline has not indicated whether they will be offering these odds. 

Whether you believe Hutchinson or not, the January 6 hearings are suddenly becoming "must watch" TV.  And they are definitely affecting Trump's 2024 odds, per BetOnline...not in a good way either.

- Jagajeet Chiba,

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