Trump goes to the Capitol on January 6 Unlikely because he uses golf carts

  • Some White House staff heard that Trump wanted to go to the Capitol on January 6 and laughed it off.
  • Judd Deere told the committee that he had not seen Trump “walk across a golf course without a golf cart.”
  • Deere, then the WH deputy press secretary, also said he wrote a resignation letter on Jan. 6.

A handful of then-President Donald Trump’s aides heard before January 6, 2021 that he might plan to walk supporters down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol as a joint session of Congress met to certify the election results.

According to former White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, they laughed it off – it just wasn’t realistic for Trump to go that far.

“I’ve never seen the man walk across a golf course without a golf cart. I can’t imagine him walking up Pennsylvania Avenue,” Deere told committee investigators on Jan. 6 during a March 2022 deposition, adding that it was also “security concerns” about such a move.

The committee, which released its full report on Friday, released transcripts of additional interviews on Tuesday.

Deere told the committee that several days before Jan. 6, he had “jokingly” talked about the possibility of Trump going to the Capitol with Molly Michael and Nick Luna, two other Trump White House aides.

“It was light-hearted, in jest,” Deere said. “It was,” He said this today. You won’t believe what he said today.

He also told investigators that the trio did not discuss further details of the day during that conversation because “it was never serious that he was going to the Capitol.”

Deere said he also tried to confirm on Jan. 5 with Tony Ornato, then White House deputy chief of staff, that Trump had no plans to go to the Capitol the next day.

And Deere said he still didn’t think that was the case, even after Trump indicated during his Jan. 6 speech on the Ellipse that he would join the throngs of his supporters as they marched to the Capitol.

“I was 100 percent sure we didn’t make an extra move,” Deere told investigators. “If the assistant chief of staff for operations told me we’re not making an extra move, we’re not making an extra move.”

In June, Cassidy Hutchinson revealed during an explosive committee hearing on Jan. 6 that Trump not only wanted to go to the Capitol, but had tried to grab the wheel of the SUV he was sitting in when he was told he couldn’t go. The committee later said in its preliminary final report that it had confirmed from other sources that a “furious interaction” had taken place.

Deere’s testimony suggests that many White House officials were unaware of Trump’s plan.

“I’ve heard rumors about it,” Deere told investigators, saying he couldn’t remember who he heard it from. “I’ve heard that when he walked off the stage, as well as even when he came back to the White House, he wanted to make the move.”

Deere, who now serves as communications director for Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders, also told the committee that he had urged Trump to concede after the Electoral College voted on Dec. 14 and drafted a resignation letter on the night of Jan. 6.

“January 6 was a sad and frustrating day and I was hurt,” he said, adding that he wondered if “we as employees had failed him.”

“Maybe I should have pushed harder,” he added.

Deere declined to comment.

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