Abcarian: Cassidy Hutchinson is the January 6th Witness We’ve Been Waiting For

We have our hero from January 6.

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 scared right now.

Hutchinson is the one we’ve been waiting for, the one who’s seen it all, heard it all, and has now spilled tea on the White House’s foreknowledge of the violence unleashed on Jan. 6, and his grotesque non-response as the violence unfolded.

She testified, live and on tape, to an astonishing array of fly-on-the-wall details about 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 when he didn’t get his way on Jan. 6, instructed Meadows to call political filthy impostor Roger Stone, and disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at their Willard Hotel.” war room” on January 5, which she said Meadows said was “inappropriate”.

With no apparent ax to grind and much to lose, she showed up for her country on Tuesday.

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

She said she walked to his car with Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Jan. 2 after meeting Meadows. “Cass, do you fancy 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, “There’s a lot going on, Cass, but I don’t know, it could get really bad on January 6.”

That, Hutchinson testified, “was the first moment I remember being scared and nervous about what might happen on January 6. And I was more concerned about what happened to the planning aspects of it.”

Meanwhile, her boss was so enthralled by his corrupt commander in chief that he ignored warnings from Hutchinson and White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato that the January 6 gathered crowd was dripping with guns, knives, body armor, bear spray, even tipped flagpoles. , as Ornato told Meadows, with “blowing spears.”

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

Hutchinson said she felt, “I was watching a serious car accident that was about to happen where you can’t stop it, but you want to be able to do something. I remember thinking at that moment, ‘Mark has to get out of here.’ †

(Mark still hasn’t, by the way.)

Backstage at the infamous “Stop the Steal” rally, where Trump would urge supporters to march to the Capitol and pledge to join them, Hutchinson said, Trump was furious because metal detectors set up by the Secret Service rally-goers. Apparently they didn’t want to give up their weapons, but that meant the mob within the perimeter looked less robust.

“I don’t care if they have guns,” Trump said just before taking the stage. Hutchinson recalled† “They’re not here to hurt me.”

No indeed. They were there — some of them, anyway — to hang Vice President Mike Pence, who denied Trump’s corrupt demand not to certify electoral college results.

Hutchinson, in nearly two hours of silent but explosive testimony Tuesday, hastily called up Jan. 6 committee hearing, was present when White House counsel Pat Cipollone pleaded with Meadows to let Trump intervene as the rioters fought with officers and broke through the Capitol.

“I remember Pat saying something along the lines of, ‘Mark, we need to do something more,'” Hutchinson said. “They’re literally calling for the Effing vice president to 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 agent refused to drive Trump to the Capitol after the rally to join the insurgency, the president became unhinged, Hutchinson testified. “I’m the effing president, take me to the Capitol now,” Hutchinson told the president.

He tried to grab the steering wheel of his limousine, and when the head of his Secret Service, Bobby Engel, removed his hand, he grabbed Engels’ throat. Engle did not disprove the story when it was later told to Hutchinson by Ornato (in Engel’s presence). Hutchinson even said she saw a shocked Angel put his hands on his collarbone to demonstrate what Trump had done.

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

“I remember hearing noise,” she testified. As she walked to the dining room, she saw the servant cleaning up. “I first noticed ketchup was dripping down the wall and there was a shattered china plate on the floor,” she said. “The clerk said the president was extremely angry at the interview with the attorney general and had thrown his lunch against the wall. I grabbed a towel and started to wipe the ketchup off the wall to help the clerk.”

That wasn’t the only time she knew Trump was throwing his lunch away. “There were several times when I was aware that he was throwing plates or turning the tablecloth over to make all the contents of the table fall to the floor, probably breaking or going everywhere.”

For other people to clean up, of course.

In 2018, when she was a senior at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, Hutchinson told her college newspaper how happy she was to be selected as an intern at the White House.

“I have set a personal goal to follow a path of societal significance,” she said.

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

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