US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell wipes his eye as he watches a video being displayed during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

A Capitol Police officer said on Tuesday that “our own president set us up” on January 6, 2021.
“He wanted to lead the mob and wanted to lead the crowd himself … he wanted to be a tyrant,” Sgt. Aquilino Gonell told HuffPost.
Gonell attended the sixth public hearing of the House January 6 committee on Tuesday. 

A US Capitol Police officer injured during the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol told HuffPost’s Igor Bobic “our own president set us up” during the sixth public hearing of the House commitee investigating the Capitol riot. 

Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, an Army veteran who was in the room during Tuesday’s hearing, testified before Congress last year about the injuries he suffered while defending the Capitol. Gonell underwent surgery and was moved to desk duty as a result of the injuries he sustained to his foot and shoulder while being physically attacked by rioters during the Capitol siege.

“I just feel betrayed,” Gonell told Bobic on Tuesday. “The president should be doing everything possible to help us and he didn’t do it. He wanted to lead the mob and wanted to lead the crowd himself … he wanted to be a tyrant.” 

During a bombshell hearing on Tuesday, a former aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson, testified that President Donald Trump was “furious” that people with weapons were prohibited from passing through metal detectors outside of his rally on January 6 because it kept the crowd size small.

Hutchinson said the former president ordered his aides to remove the metal detectors, also known as “mags,” and said that he wasn’t concerned that his supporters brought weapons, including assault rifles, to the rally, insisting they be allowed to march to the Capitol.

Hutchinson said, “I was in the vicinity of a conversation where I overheard the president say something to the effect of, ‘I don’t f-ing care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me. Take the f-ing mags away. Let my people in, they can march to the Capitol from here.'”

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