Cheney told ABC that the panel had spoken with Tony Ornato, then-White House deputy chief of staff, and Robert Engel, who was the Secret Service agent in charge on January 6, 2021 — and at whom Hutchinson testified that she was told by Ornato that Trump had lunged.
“I don’t want to get into too many details,” Cheney said. “The committee has spoken to both Mr. Ornato and Mr. Engel, and we welcome additional testimony under oath from both of them, and from anybody else in the Secret Service who has information about any of these issues.”
Cheney’s comments are consistent with those other members of the January 6 committee had told CNN and other outlets earlier this week.
Cheney added, “We have been working with the Secret Service, we have interviewed, as I said, a number of individuals in the Secret Service. We will continue to do so. And I think it is important that their testimony be under oath. ”
“I am absolutely confident in her credibility, I’m confident in her testimony, and the committee is not going to stand by and watch her character be assassinated by anonymous sources and by men who are claiming executive privilege,” Cheney told ABC.
After Tuesday’s hearing, a Secret Service official familiar with the matter told CNN that Ornato denies telling Hutchinson that the former President grabbed the steering wheel or an agent on his detail.
Ornato is known to have a strong relationship with Trump and his team, having been granted an unusual waiver to suspend his time on the US Secret Service to serve as Trump’s deputy White House chief of staff. Trump also disputed Hutchinson’s testimony.
Cheney said Cipollone “has not” said anything that refutes Hutchinson’s testimony, and said that “we look forward again to his on the record testimony. The American people deserve to hear his testimony.”