WASHINGTON — Secret Service official Tony Ornato introduced his retirement on Monday, two months after a former White Home aide testified that he had instructed her then-President Donald Trump lashed out in anger when brokers refused to drive him to the Capitol throughout the Jan. 6, 2021, riot by his supporters.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that Ornato was retiring, having earlier this yr accomplished 25 years of service with the company. Ornato’s retirement was introduced internally earlier within the day and first reported by CNN.
Ornato, who joined the Secret Service in 1997, was the agent answerable for Trump’s protecting element for a lot of his presidency. In December 2019, he left the Secret Service to change into a part of the Trump administration, working because the deputy chief of employees for operations. Final yr, Ornato rejoined the Secret Service to move its coaching program.
Ornato grew to become a central determine within the congressional investigation into the occasions of Jan. 6, 2021, following testimony in June from Cassidy Hutchinson, a high aide to Trump’s final chief of employees, Mark Meadows.
In testimony to the Jan. 6 Home choose committee, Hutchinson mentioned, citing an account by Ornato, that Trump wished to be pushed to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and wrestled for the steering wheel with Secret Service agent Bobby Engel. Secret Service officers denied that any altercation passed off within the presidential automobile. Ornato and Engel haven’t publicly commented on the account.
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