Trump thought he could go to the Capitol on January 6 like Mussolini

  • A member of the Jan. 6 panel spoke to MSNBC after interviewing Secret Service agent Robert Engel.
  • Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin said the panel learned how “furious” Trump was that he couldn’t “join the crowd.”
  • He said Trump probably thought he would come in “like Mussolini carried on the shoulders of his supporters.”

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 riot, told MSNBC on Thursday that former President Donald Trump likely thought he would be greeted as a hero by his supporters on Capitol Hill.

“Everything we heard tells me the former president was furious,” Raskin replied. “He was furious and there was conflict over whether or not he was going to the Capitol, and he was adamant that he could do it.”

“I imagine he thought he would walk in like Mussolini carried on the shoulders of his supporters and walk into the Capitol,” Raskin said, comparing Trump to Italy’s fascist dictator.

Raskin was speaking after Secret Service agent Robert Engel – who was with Trump during the riot – testified before the House panel on Thursday.

The agent’s testimony comes after he was mentioned by Cassidy Hutchinson, the aide to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, during her Jan. 6 panel interview in June. Hutchinson testified that Trump lunged at Engel and tried to grab the steering wheel of his SUV while demanding to be brought to the Capitol.

Raskin said he could not reveal specific details about Engel’s testimony at this stage. However, he said the panel heard how “furious and enraged” Trump was at not being allowed to go to Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. Raskin added that Trump was “adamant that he could join the crowd and approach”. and enter with them into the Capitol.

“Donald Trump really went to bed the night before January 5 thinking he was going to be in power for another four years,” Raskin added. “And he believed in it all day.”

In October, the House panel voted unanimously to subpoena Trump, after several hearings filled with damning testimony about the former president’s conduct on January 6, 2021. Trump’s refusal to comply with that subpoena could lead to him being held in contempt of Congress and being prosecuted.

In response to the subpoena, Trump sent a 14-page document to the January 6 panel that began with the phrase “THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS Rigged and Stolen!” The document also contained multiple baseless allegations of voter fraud.

Trump this month also filed a lawsuit against the January 6 committee in an attempt to block his subpoena. Lawyers for the former president argue that Congress has no power to subpoena him, a former president.

Trump’s trial, however, means the former president could potentially delay his testimony well after the panel’s scheduled dissolution with the 117th Congress on Jan. 3, 2023.

A representative for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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