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A committee will request interviews with Secret Service personnel on January 6th.

According to a person familiar, the House committee looking into the Capitol incident on January 6, 2021, intends to question six current and former Secret Service agents.

The Secret Service provided the committee with more than 1 million electronic communications after notifying the panel that some of its texts from January 6 looked to have been “erased.” Dates for the interviews have not yet been arranged.

CNN was the first to report the event.

Two men are among those the panel wants to speak with after explosive testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who detailed a story told to her about how then-President Trump “lunged” at his security detail after being informed they would not take him to the Capitol to join his supporters. Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony caused the investigation to take an explosive turn.

These men are Bobby Engel, who oversaw Trump’s security detail on that particular day, and Tony Ornato, who temporarily left the Secret Service to serve as Trump’s deputy chief of staff. In front of Engel, who is alleged to have seen the incident, Ornato told Hutchinson the tale.

The committee is also requesting information from the yet-to-be-identified driver of the automobile when Trump is claimed to have reached for the steering wheel. Both men have already sat with the panel.

Those in charge of the Secret Service, including Director Kimberly Cheatle, who was the assistant director of protective operations on January 6, are also wanted to be interviewed by the panel.

The committee is also interested in hearing from Anthony Guglielmi, the agency’s director of communications, and Timothy Giebels, the head of former Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail. Despite joining the agency only in March of this year, Guglielmi was in charge of handling its public response to the accusations made during Hutchinson’s testimony.

The Secret Service sent The Hill to the committee for comment on January 6, but the group did not react right away.

The committee presented further information at a meeting earlier this month that it had obtained from the Secret Service’s data batch, which was far more than the committee had requested.

The panel displayed intelligence reports, which supported earlier testimony from Hutchinson and demonstrated that the Secret Service was well aware that the Trump supporters who had gathered close to the Ellipse before the attack on the Capitol were well-armed and could not enter the secure area where Trump was speaking because of their security.

They also featured excerpts from an interview with an unidentified former White House worker who claimed that “[water] cooler talk]” about “how angry the president was when they were, you know, in the limo” and that he was “irate” on the drive back to the White House had circulated. However, they refrained from confirming Hutchinson’s second-hand account that Trump “lunged” at his driver.

Other communications revealed that Trump insisted on joining the crowd at the Capitol even after returning to the White House following his speech. He would be “holding” at the Capitol for two hours before going to meet his fans, according to a Secret Service memo. The agency didn’t stop such plans until just before 2 p.m.

Trump would then criticize Pence in a tweet minutes later, upsetting two agents: one who noted that it was probably “not going to be good for Pence,” and the other who voiced concern that the post had received more than 20,000 likes in such a short period of time.

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  1. Trump would then criticize Pence in a tweet minutes later, upsetting two agents: one who noted that it was probably โ€œnot going to be good for Pence,โ€ and the other who voiced concern that the post had received more than 20,000 likes in such a short period of time.

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