In the midst of a House select committee inquiry into the events of January 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service Anthony (Tony) Ornato has announced his retirement.
A notification of Ornato’s departure was made public inside the United States Secret Service earlier on Monday.
This year, Ornato became eligible for retirement from the Secret Service, and according to a spokesperson for the agency, Anthony Guglielmi, he will leave the agency in good standing. In 1997, Ornato became a member of the United States Secret Service.
The select committee investigating the insurrection that occurred on January 6 has confirmed that it believes Ornato was a central figure on that day. The committee also believes that Ornato could provide much-needed information on former President Trump’s intentions in the moments surrounding the insurrection that occurred on January 6.
Ornato has announced his intentions to appear before the select committee in response to claims made by ex-Trump White House adviser Cassidy Hutchinson that he claimed Trump was furious after being denied a trip to the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Ornato has yet to give his testimony.
“We have continuously made Tony Ornato available,” Guglielmi said.