Trump told Jan. 6 rallygoers were armed, wanted security removed, aide testifies

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Trump told Jan. 6 rallygoers were armed, wanted security removed, aide testifies

From The Washington Post by John Wagner, Jacqueline Alemany, Amy B Wang, Isaac Stanley-Becker, Rosalind S. Helderman, Eugene Scot and Matt Brown

President Donald Trump was informed that attendees at a Jan. 6, 2021, rally near the White House were armed, wanted security removed from the area and wanted the crowd to march to the Capitol, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows testified Tuesday.

Trump waved off concerns that the rallygoers had been reported to be armed with rifles, pistols, knives, brass knuckles and other weapons, Hutchinson told the House select committee investigating the insurrection. Trump told aides he wanted security precautions lifted in order to increase the crowd size. He also wanted the crowd to march to the Capitol, Hutchinson said.

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