Who is Cassidy Hutchinson? Trump White House aide on Jan. 6

Hutchinson, 25, made surprising statements about Donald Trump and Mark Meadows before the Jan. 6 panel.

WASHINGTON — Two years after completing a summer internship at the White House, Cassidy Hutchinson was in the room where the president’s top aides debated how to reverse his election loss.

Hutchinson, 25, who served as chief adviser to Mark Meadows, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, testified Tuesday at a surprise hearing of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot. The first minutes of their testimony contained several surprises about both men.

On the morning of January 6, Meadows was informed by White House Security Officer Tony Ornato that many rally-goers waiting to hear the President were armed with rifles and other weapons, including spears attached to the end of flagpoles were, Hutchinson testified. She described Meadows as scrolling his phone in a seemingly distant manner for so long that she thought he might not have heard him. According to Hutchinson, Meadows eventually asked Ornato if he informed Trump, and Ornato said he did.

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Hutchinson also said she was close enough to hear Trump’s request that attendees not be screened, saying, “I don’t care that they have guns. You are not here to hurt me.”

Her testimony reflected her detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the Trump White House, even during the critical days when Trump and his advisers plotted to reverse President Joe Biden’s election victory. The events in her testimony are of potentially vital interest to both the committee and the Justice Department.

She showed her closeness and familiarity with key Trump figures, sometimes referring to Meadows, Ornato and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien by their first names. Meadows, in turn, called her “Cass”.

Hutchinson has previously described meetings with the White House office where participants discussed the legality of replacing voters for states that had voted for Biden, then President, with false “alternate voters” who would pick Trump. The former president and his allies tried in vain to pressure then-vice president Mike Pence, who oversaw electoral college certification on Jan. 6.

There was no widespread voter fraud. Trump lost more than 60 lawsuits trying to prove wrongdoing, and even his own attorney general, William Barr, said his claims were unfounded.

At a meeting in December, Hutchinson testified, Trump’s attorneys told lawmakers that the plan to replace voters was not “legally sound.” She told the committee that at least five Republican congressmen involved in plans to replace voters asked for pardons from Trump.

She also testified about Meadow’s surprise trip to Georgia weeks after the election to observe an audit of the vote and to meet with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

And she has said Meadows was aware of reports by a Secret Service agent warning of violence on Jan. 6.

Relatively little is known about Hutchinson. Though the White House is perhaps the most prestigious office building in the world, much of the staff is young, sometimes even fresh out of college like Hutchinson. They have often previously worked in the presidential campaign or in the national party and are characterized by their ambition and their willingness to work long hours for little money.

They are also vital to the machinery of any administration. They help with the logistics of media coverage, prepare public events and answer the phone. Because they’re often within earshot when the most powerful people in the country are gossiping and planning, discretion is expected. Trump’s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout has been fired after careless comments at an unofficial dinner with reporters.

“The White House is fueled by young, restless energy that works day and night to keep operations running,” said Johanna Maska, CEO of consulting firm Global Situation Room, who served at the White House under former President Barack Obama . “Although most assistants would not have a decision-making role, they do keep an eye on sensitive information such as schedules, notes, documents and private conversations.”

One sign of Hutchinson’s potential willingness to cooperate with an investigation is her choice of attorneys. She recently transitioned from a former Trump White House official to a veteran former Justice Department official, serving as chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and serving as key witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia-Trump ties in 2016 Campaign.

Jody Hunt, the new attorney, told Mueller’s team the extent to which Trump berated Sessions for not doing the Russia probe and the pressure he was trying to put on the department about the probe.

In a profile published in 2018 by her undergraduate alma mater, Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, Hutchinson recalled being “moved to tears” when she received an email that said she was told that she had been accepted into a White House internship program.

“As a first-generation college student, it has been an honor and tremendous growth experience to intern alongside some of the brightest and most dedicated students from across the country, many of whom attend top universities,” she is quoted as saying.

She says in the article that she has attended numerous events hosted by Trump and often watched from her window as Marine One would exit the South Lawn of the White House.

“My small contribution to the quest to preserve America’s prosperity and excellence is a memory I will keep as one of the honors of my life,” she said in the piece.

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