Former President Donald Trump has been working overtime to seem completely unbothered by the House panel investigating his culpability for the January 6 riots.
Between surrogates and his own words on Truth social media, the business mogul and sometimes-politician is acting like it's all words in the wind from bad actors who have a chip on their shoulder.
However, one witnesses is sitting with the panel today in a closed-door testimony session that even Trump can't pretend to ignore, and it may bring some of his worst fears to life.
The Witness to End All Witnesses
June came to a close with bombshell testimony from former White House aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and lifelong Republican, Cassidy Hutchinson.
In front of the world, Hutchinson testified to disturbing scenes she witnessed or was told about, including the fact that the former President knew that the crowd he egged on was armed before he told them to march on the Capitol. In addition, Hutchinson relayed a story about Trump lunging for the steering wheel and assaulting Secret Service agents in the presidential limousine "The Beast" when he was told he couldn't join rioters at the Capitol.
Hutchinson also relayed one piece of information that has since become even more important; White House lawyer Pat Cipollone tried to get the former President to stay out of it because if they went to the Capitol, Cipollone said, they would be charged with "every crime imaginable."
According to Hutchinson's testimony, Cipollone was in the room with Trump when she overheard a discussion about the fact that the rioters were turning violent and chanting, "Hang Mike Pence!" as they zeroed in on former Vice President Mike Pence.
This set Cipollone up to be a key figure who was central to the events of January 6 in the White House, and his testimony immediately became the hot button topic in Washington.
Now, Cipollone is offering that testimony behind closed doors with the House panel.
Associated Press reports, "Cipollone was also part of a key meeting on the Sunday before the Jan. 6 attack with Justice Department officials at the White House threatening to resign if Trump went ahead with plans to install a new acting attorney general who would pursue his false claims of voter fraud."
It's unclear whether Cipollone will be forthcoming or not, but if he chooses to speak candidly, he could reveal irreversibly damning information about Trump's actions on the 6th; after all, he was one of the few "inner circle" people closed to the former President at the time.
Cipollone could decide that the information is privileged and refuse to reveal it as have several people before him. But Trump knows how much Cipollone knows and the question of what's being said could be shaping his anxieties today.
Acting Presidential in the Face of Turmoil
To stay busy as the House grills Cipollone, Trump is doing his best to continue to appear to be a leader.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated overnight as he was gunned down during a campaign speech in the city of Nara.
Abe, a conservative leader who was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history, got along well with Trump.
Trump has been focused this morning on speaking well of his former friend, calling his death "Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD!"
The Hill reports, "'His killer was captured and will hopefully be dealt with swiftly and harshly,' Trump wrote on his platform Truth Social.
Trump, who shared a warm relationship with the former Japanese leader, called Abe 'a unifier like no other,' and wrote that he was a man who loved and cherished his 'magnificent country' Japan more than anything else.
He shared that only a few people know how 'great man and leader Abe was' but that history will teach them and be kind.
'Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him,' Trump added."
Abe was the first international leader to meet with Trump after his victory in 2016, and the two enjoyed an amicable relationship.