Who is Cassidy Hutchinson, the ex-White House aide whom Trump called 'bad news' after her revelations about Jan. 6

Who is Cassidy Hutchinson, the ex-White House aide whom Trump called 'bad news' after her revelations about Jan. 6
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Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony is shown during the fifth January 6 committee hearing on June 23, 2022.
Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony is shown during the fifth January 6 committee hearing on June 23, 2022.Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images
  • Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, delivered damning testimony against Trump on Tuesday.

  • She's supplied crucial information to the panel, and has identified House Republicans who sought pardons.

The January 6 committee heard the most gripping testimony yet on Tuesday from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who testified that President Donald Trump dismissed concerns about violence on Jan. 6.

Hutchinson, who was a witness to many of the events and discussions of interest to the panel, has supplied the committee with several important pieces of information. In testimony revealed at the fifth public hearing last week, Hutchinson, 25, named six House Republicans who sought pardons from Trump in the last weeks of his administration. She also told the panel that Trump told Meadows that he agreed with rioters demands to "hang" Vice President Mike Pence.

Hutchinson's testimony proved to be explosive as she sat before the committee and described Trump lunging at his driver and trying to grab the steering wheel of a presidential vehicle when the Secret Service refused to take him to the Capitol after his Ellispe rally on January 6th. She expressed her own disgust with the administration for their treatment of Pence and support of Capitol rioters, saying it was "unpatriotic" and "un-American."

She said that Trump knew there were armed protestors present at his rally and said he didn't "effing care that they had weapons" because "they're not here to hurt me." The pro-Trump mob assaulted police and pushed its way into the Capitol, forcing lawmakers and Pence to flee and delaying the certification of Biden's electoral victory.

Trump responded to Hutchinson's testimony in a statement saying he "hardly knows" who she is and she is "bad news," despite her exclusive access to Trump's team.

Excerpts of her March testimony were made public as a part of the committee's litigation against Meadows, who sued to block the subpoena for his own testimony, Politico reported. In her previous testimony, Hutchinson said she informed Meadows and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani that getting alternate electors to cast votes in states Trump had lost was "legally unsound."

The aide said, in her earlier testimony, that the White House Counsel's Office expressed concerns about casting alternate electoral votes saying, "That's not legal, we're not putting ourselves in that line of fire," and "Don't raise that to Mr. Trump, it's not appropriate, and it's not a legal theory that we want to entertain right now."

Brendan Buck, who served as an aide to former House Speaker Paul Ryan, said on Twitter that Hutchinson attended every meeting with Meadows when he served as a congressman from North Carolina, "no matter how small."

According to CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins on Twitter, the aide was often seen sitting outside Meadows office and in the former chief of staff's meetings. Lawmakers interested in speaking with Trump or Meadows were told to call Hutchinson. Collins tweeted that she once saw Hutchinson roll lint off of Meadows' suit jacket.

Jacqueline Alemany, a congressional reporter for the Washington Post, tweeted that a Trump source told her Hutchinson "went everywhere" with Meadows, including taking trips on Air Force 1 and going to Capitol Hill.

"Anyone downplaying her role us doing so to malign her," the source told Alemany.

PunchBowl also reported there have been "sincere concerns" regarding the physical safety and security of the former aide due her extended knowledge and willingness to cooperate with the committee. Her testimony Tuesday only raised further concerns about her safety.

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