Ornato on Monday confirmed his departure, as previously reported by CNN, citing two familiar sources. He said that left career development agency in in private sector.
“Today I retired to continue my career in in private sector. I left the US Secret Service after more than 25 years old of faithful service to my country, including service past five presidents. I have long planned to retire and planned this transition for more how yearOrnato said. in statement to CNN.
Ornato told CNN he didn’t take role with in former President or any of his company. He declined call him new employer.
House Select Committee to Investigate the Rebellion made clear he believes that Ornato was the central figure who can provide valuable information about Trump’s movements and intentions leading up to and on January 6. Not only did Ornato once run Trump detail, but he also made unprecedented move of joining White House staff as deputy chief of employees in December 2019 on temporary assignment and eventually returned to the Secret Service to run his training program.
According to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Democrat from California who serves on in panel, the members of the committee emphasized their desire to speak with Ornato, and he kept private counsel. Is not clear will Ornato end up testimony related to the allegations of Cassidy Hutchinson, assistant former President of the White House Trump of Staff Mark Meadows.
Among the topics discussed by Ornato with The committee, the source said, was aware of Trump. of whereabouts of then Vice President Mike Pence during attack on The US Capitol and could Trump do it more urge the rioters to calm down down and leave building.
Ornato’s answers to these questions and more were not disclosed by the committee, and the members of in panel expressed disappointment with Aspects of his testimony, with some suggest that he lacks credibility.
Secret Service official, who spoke on condition of anonymously, previously told CNN that Ornato denied telling Hutchinson that former The President grabbed the wheel of his presidential SUV or agent on his detail.
Sources told CNN that Ornato had the right for retired earlier this summer, and he had discussed leaving the Secret Service before Hutchinson testified.
This story was updated with additional information Monday.
Paul LeBlanc of CNN, Annie Greyer and Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.