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Jan. 6 committee interviews former Trump Secret Service agent Bobby Engel

Engel, the lead Secret Service agent for Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, could provide information former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshell testimony.
Secret Service agent Robert Engel, left, the head of then-President Donald Trump's detail, accompanies Trump as he departs the White House to stand outside St. John's Church, in Washington, June 1, 2020.
Secret Service agent Bobby Engel, left, the head of then-President Donald Trump's detail, accompanies Trump as he leaves the White House to stand outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington on June 1, 2020. Patrick Semansky / AP file

WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee on Thursday interviewed Bobby Engel, who was the lead Secret Service agent for then-President Donald Trump when the insurrection took place, three sources familiar with the session said.

Engel could provide key testimony related to information shared by Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a top aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. She delivered bombshell testimony before the committee at a public hearing this summer.

Hutchinson testified that she was told Trump tried to grab the steering wheel in an armored SUV and lunged toward his security detail when he learned he would not be taken to the Capitol after his rally on Jan. 6.

Hutchinson said Tony Ornato, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, told her about the incident. She also said Engel had not disputed Ornato’s account. Ornato and Engel both testified before the committee before Hutchinson.

The Jan. 6 panel declined to comment on Engel’s interview. CNN was the first to report the news.

The Secret Service provided congressional investigators with more than 1 million electronic communications sent by agents in the lead-up to and during the insurrection at the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the matter, NBC News reported last month.

At the beginning of November, committee investigators were scheduled to meet with a Secret Service agent who was in the lead car of Trump’s motorcade on the day of the riot.

The committee said this week it was weighing its options after Trump failed to comply with a subpoena calling on him to appear for a closed-door deposition Monday.

Trump asked a court in Florida to block enforcement of the subpoena, which demanded he hand over records of any communications he may have had about extremist groups involved in the Jan. 6 riot and any attempts of his in the past year to contact witnesses testifying before the committee. The subpoena also required that he sit for a deposition on Monday, which he did not.