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Secret Service Riot Conduct Raises ‘Obstruction Of Justice’ Concerns: Ex-White House Lawyer


Troubling actions by Secret Service agents linked to the Jan. 6 rebel raise concerns about possible “obstruction of justice,” Brookings Institute fellow Norm Eisen said Sunday.

Eisen, a White House ethics lawyer within the Obama administration, was a part of a panel discussion on CNN addressing the disclosure that the Secret Service had deleted text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021, which may very well be essential in the continued investigation into former President Donald Trump’s try to reverse his election defeat.

However the deleted texts are only a part of the disturbing Secret Service story, Eisen said.

He pointed to agents behind the scenes deriding bombshell testimony last month before the House Jan. 6 committee by Cassidy Hutchinson, aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Hutchinson testified that Tony Ornato, an agent who also served as White House deputy chief of staff for operations, told her that Trump had lunged for the steering wheel of the presidential limo on Jan. 6 because he desired to be taken to the Capitol after he told his supporters to march there and “fight like hell.”

Agent Bobby Engel then grabbed Trump’s arm to stop him from interfering with the driving force, Ornato recounted, in accordance with Hutchinson.

The Secret Service said it will issue an announcement responding to Hutchinson’s testimony, but hasn’t yet done so, nearly three weeks later. Unnamed Secret Service sources told reporters that agents would testify under oath contradicting Hutchinson, which also hasn’t happened.

“I believe that the questions” concerning the Secret Service “have a bigger significance than simply whether data were lost or not,” Eisen said.

“I’m very concerned that after Cassidy Hutchinson testified, that devastating blockbuster testimony about Donald Trump’s anger that he couldn’t go to the Capitol, that some within the Secret Service”— Tony Ornato and Bobby Engel —“appear to be a part of an anonymous whisper campaign disagreeing along with her story,” he added.

“Then there have been other witnesses who’ve come forward and pushed back on that, including a member” of the Metropolitan Police Department, who reportedly backed up Hutchinson’s account, Eisen said. “And now we discover out that documents could also be missing from the critical days.”

“I believe it must be checked out [for] possible legal issues, including was there any intentional effort to obstruct justice here as a part of Donald Trump’s Secret Service agents being too near Donald Trump?” Eisen asked.

“We don’t know the reply,” Eisen added. “But that should get a tough look from the [Secret] Service, from Congress, and from the Department of Justice.”

Were the agents “a part of an effort to intimidate Cassidy Hutchinson? We’d like answers,” he added.

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