Tony Ornato, a top Secret Service official who was at the center of the testimony about the Donald Trump’s actions during the assault on the CapitolHe announced his retirement on Monday.
Ornament has 25 years of federal law enforcement experienceserving under five presidents, additionally broke agency precedent to serve as a political adviser during the Trump administration.
The announcement of his retirement was made by the Secret Service on Monday afternoon. Earlier this year, andhe man became eligible for retirement and leaves the agency in “good standing,” an official said.
Ornato came under House select committee scrutiny on January 6 after Cassidy Hutchinson, who was one of the top aides to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, spoke on his testimony about the conversations with Ornatowho was serving as Trump’s White House deputy chief of staff at the time of the Capitol attack.
She reported that in addition to Ornato, at the meeting was Robert Engel, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service on January 6, shortly after Trump returned from his White House speech.
According to his testimony, during the meeting, Ornato told him that the president had been “furious” on the car ride back to the White House when he found out he couldn’t go to the Capitol. He said something along the lines of “’I’m the fucking president, take me to the Capitol now,’” according to Hutchinson.
Quoting Ornato again, he also indicated that when he was told he had to return to the West Wing, the former president tried to reach the steering wheelprompting Engel to grab his arm.
Subsequently, the tycoon used his free hand to lunge at Engelhe said, noting that Ornato “pointed to his collarbones” when describing the incident.
Nevertheless, Hutchinson’s account was denied by the Secret Serviceindicating that Ornato and Engel would be willing to testify in response to Hutchinson’s sworn testimony.
Ornament has been “continually available” for the committee, said a spokesman for the agency and confirmed that the now private citizen has retained legal representation.
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Source: La Opinion