Of all people, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin should have left well enough alone when it came to the ridiculous testimony Tuesday by a former aide to Mark Meadows who shared a fanciful tale about being told that President Donald Trump allegedly tried to strangle a Secret Service agent — but then, as Toobin has already proven, self-control is not his strongest attribute.
Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified Tuesday that Trump threw his lunch against the wall in a fit of rage over then-Attorney General Bill Barr saying the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and that on January 6, 2021, upon learning that the presidential limousine was heading back to the White House instead of the U.S. Capitol, he reached FROM THE BACK SEAT of “The Beast” to grab the steering wheel while trying to strangle Secret Service agent Bobby Engel.
Is that even physically possible?
The Trump-hating cabal not only seized the opportunity but pounced on the far-fetched testimony to condemn Trump and call for his immediate arrest. George Conway tweeted: “He. Physically. Attacked. A. Secret. Service. Agent.”
The husband of Kellyanne Conway, who was tweeting furiously throughout the hearing, also offered this gem: “Decades from now people will be asking each other, ‘Where were you when Cassidy Hutchinson testified?'”
But Toobin felt compelled to mark the historic significance at play, tweeting: “First apparent report of an attempted strangling by a President of the United States.”
As for the allegations leveled, it didn’t take long for the supposition to fall apart, with even members of the corporate media reporting that the story was being denied by all parties:
🚨 A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 28, 2022
Tony Ornato is denying that he told Cassidy Hutchinson Trump grabbed the steering wheel in presidential vehicle on 1/6 or lunged at a fellow agent, a USSS official tells @joshscampbell. CNN confirms that Ornato & Enger are prepared to testify that neither incident occurred.
— Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) June 29, 2022
UPDATE: A Secret Service official familiar with the matter told CNN that Tony Ornato denies telling Cassidy Hutchinson that the former president grabbed the steering wheel or an agent on his detail.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) June 29, 2022
Trump also denied the allegation:
Donald Trump’s response to Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony that he tried to grab the steering wheel away from a Secret Service agent. pic.twitter.com/IxqT9jOStD
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) June 28, 2022
Hutchinson’s testimony, which amounted to hearsay and would likely not be admissible in a court of law, may be the greatest example yet that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s politically motivated Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings are little more than a Soviet show trial.
But Toobin’s reach was just too irresistible for social media users… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
I heard you strangled your chicken in front of your coworkers. https://t.co/2I7pmzj5xo
— NeverTweet (@LOLNeverTweet) June 28, 2022
Zoom Monkey spanker buys obvious bullshit. You do work for CNN who for some reason keeps you employed, so not surprised. https://t.co/kcBX1Qzkf8
— Joe (@JoeC1776) June 29, 2022
At least he wasn't choking a chicken. https://t.co/pgTkj3BeVX
— john jackson (@pvtjokerus) June 28, 2022
Remember when you choked the chicken in front of your colleagues? https://t.co/qjMjpJrlfN
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) June 29, 2022
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