House January 6 committee interviewing Secret Service agents in Trump’s motorcade on day of attack
One Secret Service official describes how he and another agent were in the front of his truck while a car containing the alleged shooter — who fired from the back seat — sped away.
Former presidential aide Sebastian Gorka is scheduled to appear before a House committee next week to discuss claims that President Donald Trump’s son was targeted by an attack on the presidential motorcade.
At one point, Mr Gorka described being thrown by the back of the truck by the alleged shooter, who was in the passenger seat, as a “loud thump.”
Mr Gorka told the committee he was “pretty upset” by the attack, and that he felt the Secret Service “handled it pretty well.”
“They were very quick to get that man to the ground and get a shot of adrenalin to his heart,” he said.
Mr Gorka said he was “a little shocked” by the allegations of presidential target practice.
“I’ll tell you what, it was a bad day and I’m sorry that happened. On the other hand, I’m a little surprised that it did happen, but this is what happens when you have a president who does things like that,” he said.
He said he felt the Secret Service’s actions were “appropriate in the circumstances” and said “I don’t think anyone believed it at the time.”
“The president is not a threat to national security.”
One Secret Service official described how he and another agent were in the front of his truck while a car containing the alleged shooter — who fired from the back seat — sped away.
He said he believed the shooting was isolated and not political but said he had to be careful travelling with the president and his family because of a prior incident.
The agent’s account of what happened is in response to the Secret Service’s account of events in a statement in response to questions from the inquiry.
He said he had been driving with Mr Trump in the motorcade and said he heard three gunshots.
He tried to pull his vehicle back but was struck by a Secret Service officer standing in the driver’s side window.
He said he heard another three gunshots from the car that sped away and then he and another agent returned fire, hitting