A top US intelligence official who allegedly accused Donald Trump of attacking his security detail on January 6 has now retired.
The US Secret Service confirmed to DailyMail.com that Deputy Director Tony Ornato left the agency on Tuesday, about two months after his name became a lightning rod during the Jan. 6 House Special Committee hearings.
“We can confirm that Anthony Ornato has retired today in good standing from the US Secret Service after 25 years of dedicated service,” said Intelligence Special Agent Kevin Helgert.
Under USSS policy, agents can retire at any age after 20 years of service and at age 50 after 25 years of service.
He told CNN he would be moving into the private sector, but did not name his employer.
Ornato was a key member of Trump’s orbit before and after last year’s attack on the US Capitol.
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former assistant to Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told a panel of lawmakers in June that Ornato described the former president becoming “enraged” when Secret Service agents refused to take him with his supporters to the US Capitol .
Ornato reportedly told her that Trump demanded, “I’m the damn president, take me to the Capitol now.”
US Secret Service Deputy Director Anthony Ornato has retired, the agency confirmed to DailyMail.com. He was previously one of Donald Trump’s White House staffers (pictured alongside Trump’s adviser Hope Hicks in October 2020).
Trump has publicly praised Ornato for not speaking out about explosive statements about his actions on Jan. 6
She described Trump lunging for the steering wheel of his presidential limousine and suggested he went after the “collarbone” of an agent who insisted they return to the White House.
Hutchinson’s explosive testimony prompted calls from both sides to Ornato to come forward and share his report.
He never spoke publicly, but met twice behind closed doors with the Capitol Riot Committee earlier this year.
People close to Ornato told multiple outlets that he was in denial about Hutchinson’s story – although that got complicated when other former White House staffers accused him of lying.
“Tony Ornato appears to be in denial about conversations he appears to have had,” former Mike Pence staffer Olivia Troye wrote on Twitter after Hutchinson’s hearing.
“Those of us who have worked with Tony know where his allegiance lies. He should testify under oath.”
Another former Trump aide, Alyssa Farah, added, “Tony Ornato lied about me too.”
“During the 2020 Lafayette Square protests, I told Mark Meadows & Ornato that they must warn the press staged there before they vacate the square. Meadows replied, “We don’t do that.” Tony later lied and said the exchange never happened. He knows it was,’ Farah claimed.
Cassidy Hutchinson, the assistant to Donald Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told the committee Jan. 6 in June that Ornato described the ex-president becoming “enraged” when agents refused to take him to the US Capitol ( she points to her collarbone). , as she claimed Ornato did while recalling Trump’s actions against a Secret Service agent)
Ornato’s name became a lightning rod during the hearings, which also featured messages between him and Hutchinson
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the committee, seized on her claims to further challenge Ornato’s denials.
“There seems to be a big common thread here … Tony Ornato likes to lie,” the Illinois lawmaker explained.
Ornato was unusually close to Trump for an Intelligence agent, having briefly stepped down from his role as a law enforcement official for a stint as the ex-president’s deputy chief of staff in December 2019. He later returned to the agency.
He told CNN on Monday that he was stepping down his role to work in the “private sector” in a statement that made no mention of the former president or the Jan. 6 investigation.
“I retired today to pursue a career in the private sector. I have retired from U.S. Secret Service after more than 25 years of loyal service to my country, including serving the past five presidents,” Ornato told the outlet.
“I’ve had a long-term plan to retire and have been planning this transition for more than a year.”
He reportedly declined to name his next position but said he would not work for Trump or any of his related companies.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11160419/Tony-Ornato-Secret-Service-agent-January-6-Donald-Trump.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Tony Ornato, Secret Service agent at the center of explosive January 6 testimony, is retiring