Abcarian: Cassidy Hutchinson is the Jan. 6 witness we’ve been waiting for

We have our hero of January 6th.

Her name is Cassidy Hutchinson.

She is the 25-year-old former executive assistant to President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, both of whom should be very, very scared by now.

Hutchinson is the one we’ve been waiting for, the one who saw it all, heard it all and has now spilled tea on the White House’s prior knowledge of the violence that was unleashed on January 6 and its grotesque non-reaction as the violence unfolded .

She witnessed, live and on tape, an amazing array of fly-on-the-wall details of the madness and conflict that consumed the White House in the waning days of the Trump administration.

She revealed that Trump physically assaulted a Secret Service agent on Jan. 6 when he couldn’t get his way that he directed Meadows, political dirty con Roger Stone and disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in their willard Call Hotel War Room. on Jan. 5, which Meadows called “inappropriate.”

Without grinding an obvious ax and losing much, she showed up for her country on Tuesday.

In the days leading up to the Jan. 6 uprising, Hutchinson testified, she grew scared of what Trump and his allies were planning.

On Jan. 2, she said she accompanied Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to his car after he met with Meadows. “Cass, are you looking forward to the 6th?” Giuliani asked her. “It’s going to be a great day! We’re going to the Capitol!”

When she asked her boss what Giuliani meant, she testified that Meadows said, “It’s busy Cass, but I don’t know, January 6th could be really bad.”

That, Hutchinson said, “was the first moment I remember feeling scared and nervous about what might happen on January 6th. And I had bigger concerns about what happens to the planning aspects.”

Meanwhile, her boss was so smitten with his corrupt commander in chief that he ignored warnings from Hutchinson and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Tony Ornato that the gathering January 6 crowd was dripping with guns, knives, body armor and even bear spray Ornato Meadows said flagpoles were toppled with “effing spears.”

Without looking up from his phone, Hutchinson testified, Meadows replied, “All right, anything else?”

Hutchinson said she felt like “I was watching a bad car accident that was about to happen where you couldn’t prevent it but wanted to be able to do something. I remember thinking at that moment, ‘Mark has to get out of here.’ ”

(Still not Mark, by the way.)

Backstage at the infamous “Stop the Steal” rally, where Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol and join them, Hutchinson said Trump was angry because metal detectors set up by the Secret Service kept many rally-goers away. They obviously didn’t want to surrender their guns, but that meant the crowd inside the perimeter looked less robust.

“I don’t care that they have guns,” Trump said just before taking the stage. Hutchinson called back. “You are not here to hurt me.”

Indeed not. They were there – at least some of them – to hang Vice President Mike Pence, who dismissed Trump’s corrupt demands not to certify Electoral College results.

Hutchinson was present in nearly two hours of silent but explosive testimony no later than Tuesday when White House Counsel Pat Cipollone asked Meadows to intervene Trump while the rioters fought with officers and breached the Capitol.

“I remember Pat saying something like, ‘Mark, we have to do more,'” Hutchinson said. “‘They are literally demanding that the Effing Vice President be hanged.’ ”

Meadows, she said, reminded Cipollone of Trump’s response: “You heard it, Pat, he thinks Mike deserves it.” He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.”

When his Secret Service detail refused to drive Trump to the Capitol after the rally to join the insurgency, the president was thrown, Hutchinson testified. “‘I’m the damn President, take me to the Capitol now,'” Hutchinson was told, the president said.

He tried to grab the steering wheel of his limousine, and when his Secret Service detail head, Bobby Engel, took his hand away, he grabbed Engel’s throat. Engle did not refute the story when it was later told to Hutchinson by Ornato (in Engel’s presence). In fact, Hutchinson said she saw a shaken angel put his hands on his collarbone to demonstrate what Trump had done.

Hutchinson was also in the White House when Trump threw his lunch across the room after learning his then-Atty. General Bill Barr told an Associated Press reporter that Trump had lost the election.

“I remember hearing noises,” she testified. As she walked into the dining room, she saw the servant tidying up. “The first thing I noticed was ketchup dripping off the wall and a broken china plate on the floor,” she said. The valet said the president was extremely angry at the attorney general’s AP interview and threw his lunch against the wall. I grabbed a towel and started wiping the ketchup off the wall to help the valet.”

That wasn’t the only time she’d noticed Trump throwing away his lunch. “There were several times I noticed him either throwing dishes or turning over the tablecloth to drop the entire contents of the table on the floor, likely breaking or going everywhere.”

Of course for others to clean up.

In 2018, while she was a senior at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, Hutchinson told her college newspaper how thrilled she was to have been selected as a White House intern.

“I have made it my personal goal to embark on a path of civic significance,” she said.

Congratulations, Mrs Hutchinson. Few people are lucky enough to achieve their goals so young.

@AbcarianLAT

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-06-28/cassidy-hutchinson-testimonyt-jan-6-committee Abcarian: Cassidy Hutchinson is the Jan. 6 witness we’ve been waiting for

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