CNN Peddles Debunked Cassidy Hutchinson’s Narrative as ‘a Bombshell’

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The debunked Cassidy Hutchinson testimony, spun before the partisan January 6 Committee on Tuesday, continued to be peddled by CNN on Wednesday as “a bombshell” revelation.

Aides to former President Donald Trump were left speechless amid the first half of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday, acknowledging to CNN that her testimony was ‘a bombshell’ with potentially huge repercussions for Trump,” Gabby Orr and Pamela Brown reported for CNN.

But the credibility of Hutchinson’s testimony imploded just hours after the lead Secret Service agent in charge of former President Trump’s security detail offered to contradict Hutchinson’s testimony under oath.

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., and former President Donald Trump, are seen on a monitor as Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson, testified during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol hearing to present previously unseen material and hear witness testimony in Cannon Building, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Appearing from left are, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Elaine Luria, D-Va., Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr., and former President Donald Trump, are seen on a monitor as Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson, testified during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol hearing to present previously unseen material and hear witness testimony in Cannon Building, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Appearing from left are, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Elaine Luria, D-Va., Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Hutchinson, an aide to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, claimed Trump tried to commandeer the presidential limo, aka “The Beast,” after his rally to drive to the Capitol Building when Secret Service agent Bobby Engel tried to stop him. Hutchinson alleged before the committee under oath that she obtained the story from then-White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato. A few hours later, NBC News reported that Engel would testify under oath to contradict Hutchinson’s story of Trump’s alleged attempt to commandeer The Beast.

Nevertheless, CNN’s second-ranked story on its website Wednesday was the story titled, “‘This is a bombshell’: Trump aides left speechless by Hutchinson.”

Pedestrians pass the entrance to CNN headquarters, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Atlanta. The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner. The offer went out to U.S.-based employees who are over 55 and have worked at the company for at least 10 years, excluding on-air talent and others with specific contracts. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Pedestrians pass the entrance to CNN headquarters in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

“The startling revelations from Hutchinson’s testimony about Trump’s erratic behavior and state of mind on January 6 could make it easier for Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the former President in a primary should he run,” CNN claimed in the story.

CNN’s story was condemned by the Trump orbit Wednesday morning. Director of communications for Trump, Taylor Budowich, tweeted the CNN article is “a joke.”

“There is literally no one left speechless — the testimony was not believable and its credibility has been destroyed several times over — but Fake News CNN won’t let the facts get in their way of peddling a narrative,” Budowich said.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter and Gettr @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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