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Secret Service Agent for Trump Retires After Jan. 6 Scrutiny

An agent for the US Secret Service whose name was frequently mentioned in testimony before the House committee looking into the uprising on January 6 has left the organisation.

After 25 years with the Secret Service, Tony Ornato retired on Monday "in excellent standing," according to a spokeswoman. It wasn't immediately obvious what led to the action.

During the hearings on Jan. 6, which are looking into the events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol by a crowd of Trump supporters, Ornato's time serving in the detail under President Donald Trump came to light.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide, testified under oath that Ornato had told her that Trump erupted at Secret Service agents on the day of the uprising when they wouldn't take him from a rally near the White House to the Capitol to join protesters and that he lunged for the wheel of his armoured car.

Later, intimate friends of Ornato disagreed with the story anonymously but not under oath. He has not publicly responded to inquiries about it.

Tim Mulvey, a spokesman for the House Committee looking into the Capitol rebellion, stated Monday night that the committee had no comments.

Prior to taking a position as deputy chief of staff in the White House, Ornato oversaw Trump's Secret Service detail. Later, as an assistant director in charge of training, he returned to the service.

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