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Mon Aug 29, 2022, 07:07 PM Aug 2022

US Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato leaves agency [View all]

Source: CNN Politics

(CNN) US Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato left the Secret Service on Monday, a significant departure two months after explosive testimony by a former White House aide, who alleged Ornato had told her then-President Donald Trump was irate upon learning his security detail wouldn't take him to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Ornato on Monday confirmed his departure, which CNN had previously reported citing two sources familiar. He said he left the agency to pursue a career in the private sector.

"I did retire today to pursue a career in the private sector. I retired from the U.S. Secret Service after more than 25 years of faithful service to my country, including serving the past five presidents. I long-planned to retire and have been planning this transition for more than a year," Ornato said in a statement to CNN. Ornato told CNN he has not taken a role with the former President or any of his companies. He declined to name his new employer. The House select committee investigating the insurrection has made clear it believes Ornato was a central figure who could provide valuable information about Trump's movements and intentions leading up to and on January 6.

Not only did Ornato once run Trump's detail, but he also made the unprecedented move of joining White House staff as the deputy chief of staff in December 2019 on a temporary assignment and eventually returned to the Secret Service to run its training program. According to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat who serves on the panel, committee members have stressed their desire to speak with Ornato and he has retained private counsel. It's not clear whether Ornato will end up testifying related to the claims from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

To this point, Ornato has met with the panel on two occasions -- in January and March -- as part of its investigation, according to a source familiar with his testimony. Among the topics Ornato discussed with the committee, the source said, were Trump's knowledge of then-Vice President Mike Pence's whereabouts during the attack on the US Capitol and whether Trump could have done more to encourage the rioters to calm down and leave the building. Ornato's answers to those questions and more have not been revealed by the committee, and members of the panel have expressed frustration with aspects of his testimony, with some suggesting he lacks credibility.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/29/politics/tony-ornato-leaving-us-secret-service/index.html



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(CNN)US Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato left the Secret Service on Monday, according to two sources familiar, a significant departure two months after explosive testimony by a former White House aide, who alleged Ornato had told her then-President Donald Trump was irate upon learning his security detail wouldn't take him to the Capitol on January 6, 2021. CNN has reached out to Ornato for comment.

The House select committee investigating the insurrection made clear it believes Ornato was a central figure who could provide valuable information about Trump's movements and intentions leading up to and on January 6. Not only did Ornato once run Trump's detail, but he also made the unprecedented move of joining White House staff as the deputy chief of staff in December 2019 on a temporary assignment and eventually returned to the Secret Service to run its training program.

According to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat who serves on the panel, committee members have stressed their desire to speak with Ornato and he has retained private counsel. It's not clear whether Ornato will end up testifying related to the claims from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Sources told CNN that Ornato had been eligible for retirement since earlier this summer, and he had been discussing leaving the Secret Service since before Hutchinson's testimony.

This story is breaking and will be updated.


Original article -

(CNN) US Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato left the Secret Service on Monday, according to two sources familiar, a significant departure two months after explosive testimony by a former White House aide, who alleged Ornato had told her then-President Donald Trump was irate upon learning his security detail wouldn't take him to the Capitol on January 6, 2021.


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Kicking for visibility SheltieLover Aug 2022 #1
'a significant departure two months after explosive testimony by a former White House aide, elleng Aug 2022 #2
Wow... ultralite001 Aug 2022 #3
Nothing StrkSrviver Aug 2022 #13
my concern is what he took BEFORE all heck broke loose couple months ago onetexan Aug 2022 #32
K&R FalloutShelter Aug 2022 #4
Cleaning up Secret Service personnel seems like a good thing Jarqui Aug 2022 #5
What is going on? yankee87 Aug 2022 #6
+1 n/t area51 Aug 2022 #19
Isn't more significant that he was a jumped up appointee who was another of the Pig's lapdogs... Thomas Hurt Aug 2022 #7
Like most of our agencies, SS has been compromised. We are about to (hopefully) find out? Evolve Dammit Aug 2022 #8
Biden's new appointee's coming in live love laugh Aug 2022 #9
And apparently that is a position that doesn't require Senate confirmation BumRushDaShow Aug 2022 #11
Sounds like he's getting Cha Aug 2022 #10
He got resigned. Mr.Bill Aug 2022 #12
HA!!!! GREAT PHRASE - 'He Got Resigned!" MyOwnPeace Aug 2022 #14
Resigned to join the bluestarone Aug 2022 #15
Probably going to write a book G2theD Aug 2022 #16
This message was self-deleted by its author G2theD Aug 2022 #17
Gosh, That's Bad News for Dan 'Bonkers' Bongino... TrollBuster9090 Aug 2022 #18
They can take it on the road... dlk Aug 2022 #21
I hear Mar-A-Lago needs someone not fooled Aug 2022 #20
Sorry, the FBI cleared out the pool shed... robbob Aug 2022 #22
Yeah that's not gonna be enough Tony. dchill Aug 2022 #23
Probably going to be moniss Aug 2022 #24
He better have a well-paying job lined up tishaLA Aug 2022 #25
Bubye Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 2022 #26
Hey, he may have resigned in order to turn on Trump and testify before the J6 committee. machoneman Aug 2022 #27
my thought too n/t Lulu KC Aug 2022 #34
It's time for him to write his book: thucythucy Aug 2022 #28
Lot of 'smell' in the ornato situations empedocles Aug 2022 #29
"Returned to USSS to run its training program." Kid Berwyn Aug 2022 #30
Great news! Another servant of the MAGAt king Roisin Ni Fiachra Aug 2022 #31
Good riddance! intrepidity Aug 2022 #33
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