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Cassidy Hutchinson, the unexpected witness who exposed Trump

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Cassidy Hutchinson burst into tears of joy the day she was accepted into the White House grant program. It was the summer of 2018, he was 22 and passionate about politics, power and public service. She was already an intern at the Capitol, and her goal was a career of “civil significance.” Little did she imagine at the time that she would become the key witness for the commission investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. Her testimony reveals what her top boss was, then-President Donald Trump.

The strongest image left by Hutchinson’s report is that of ketchup dripping off the wall of the White House dining room as a portrait of Trump’s anger. His most important revelation is that Trump himself was willing to lead the armed mob that marched up Capitol Hill to prevent confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory and even attempted to relax security measures.

His testimony, along with other testimony from the Commission on January 6, is the one that carries the greatest weight in facilitating an eventual prosecution of the former president. According to his story, the chief legal adviser to the White House, Pat Cipollone, was aware of the risk even then: “They will accuse us of all imaginable crimes,” Hutchinson said that day.

The ketchup and broken china on the floor illustrate Donald Trump’s anger when his own Attorney General William Barr reported on December 1, 2020 that there was no evidence of voter fraud in Biden’s victory. Trump threw a plate of food against the wall when the news reached him. It’s been a hectic few weeks leading up to that ominous January 6th. Cassidy Hutchinson lived her front row. Despite his youth and little experience, he held an office in the White House just off the Oval Office.

Hutchison testified for hours behind closed doors in four taped sessions before members of the commission, and this Tuesday he made a solemn appearance on Capitol Hill. Dressed in an immaculate white jacket, protected by several companions, she spoke in a low, tender tone, as if sad, a little nervous at first, but without hesitation, she answered safely and confidently. He let out a few sighs. According to his statement, he left the room with a somewhat lost look and a sad expression on his face.

A few days ago, Cass, as her friends call her, was completely unknown to the general public. Now he’s a celebrity, for better or for worse. A sort of anonymous heroine for some, the woman who is sincere and true to her ideals, an “encouraging and inspiring” figure as one congressman defined her during the session. For others, a liar looking for celebrities: Trump’s supporters launched a harassment campaign against her live on social networks this Tuesday and christened her Amber Heard 2.0.

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Hutchinson was born in 1996 in Pennington, a small town in upstate New Jersey, where he attended high school. He studied political science at the young and small public university by Christopher Newport, in the town of Newport News on the Virginia coast, about a three-hour drive south of Washington. In her list of illustrious students, which she has already joined, there are a few congressmen. Her interest in politics led her to a fellowship at the Capitol, completing internships under the command of Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Republican House Chairman Steve Scalise.

His big break came in 2018 with his White House Fellowship. “Interning at the Capitol confirmed my desire to pursue a career in government, and when I heard about the White House fellowship, I was keen to apply,” she recalled in 2018 in an interview with the university magazine.

“As a first-generation college student, it was an honor and a tremendous growth experience to be selected to serve as a Fellow alongside some of the brightest and most motivated students from across the country, many of whom attend top universities.” said then in October 2018, after completing his summer internship, which he described as one of the honors of his life.

Seeing the presidential helicopter take off from his office window, attending law signing ceremonies or appearances by Trump were some of the small accomplishments he highlighted. and with a view to the future explains: “I have all options within my reach and am open to any job that comes my way.”

She returned to the White House months later, but no longer as an intern. In March 2019, she joined the West Wing as the President’s legislative adviser, where she developed a good relationship with Mark Meadows, who a year later was named White House chief of staff, a figure akin in the United States to a prime minister. . Meadows trusted her and soon Hutchinson became her right-hand man in a short and meteoric career. A 20-something graduate sent the legislative agenda, met with senators and lawmakers with tremendous political clout and decades of experience.

He campaigned for Trump’s re-election. Like other Witnesses who have passed through the commission, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the then President. In addition to her photo as a White House intern, she was also photographed dancing with then-White House Speaker Kayleigh McEnany with Air Force One behind her in September 2020 in Swanton, Ohio, where Trump attended an event.

He gave himself over to it. For her it was like a dream, a dream shattered by the china plate thrown against the wall by Trump.

Trump and his supporters deny the statement

Trump himself and many of his supporters have questioned one of the episodes recounted by Cassidy Hutchison during his appearance this Tuesday before the January 6 commission. Hutchinson did not witness some of these episodes but heard about them from other members of the Trump team. During his appearance, he said he was told Trump lunged at his driver when the Secret Service refused to take him to the Capitol, where insurgents were besieging the building, and led him to the White House. He grabbed the driver by the throat and said to him, “I’m the damn president,” Hutchinson said.

Trump supporters yesterday questioned whether that was possible given the armor and screens of the presidential car known as the Beast. But that day, Trump did not move in this car, but in another SUV. Even the beast has a window connecting the front and back seats. Rather, it served Trump and his supporters to cast doubt on Hutchison’s credibility. “Your fake story… is sick” and fraudulent. It wouldn’t even have been possible to do something so ridiculous,” Trump wrote on Tuesday on Truth Social, the mimic Twitter social network on which he is now speaking.

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