Cassidy Hutchinson went from obscure former White House aide to one of the star witnesses of the Jan. 6 hearings who dropped bombshell allegations during Tuesday testimony about the behavior of ex-President Trump during the day his supporters stormed the Capitol.
Before she became a household name though, she burst into tears of joy when she landed an internship in the White House during Trump’s presidency.
Here’s more about the 26-year-old:
White House intern in college
Hutchinson, a Christopher Newport University graduate, told her college publication in 2018 she was “brought to tears” when she received an email telling her she was selected to be a White House intern under Trump.
During that internship, she worked for the Office of Legislative Affairs, according to the profile by Christopher Newport, a small university founded in 1960 that has less than 5,000 students enrolled.
She said she’d attend events hosted by Trump, like signing ceremonies, and “frequently watched Marine One depart the South Lawn from my office window.”
“My small contribution to the quest to maintain American prosperity and excellence is a memory I will hold as one of the honors of my life,” Hutchinson said.
She also interned with Sen. Ted Cruz and top GOP House Rep. Steve Scalise before landing the White House gig.
By Meadows side
Hutchinson was a staff assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs before she assumed the role of special assistant to Trump and advisor to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, CNN reported.
As an aide to Meadows, Hutchinson “was always by [Meadows’] side … when there were meetings you’d expect to be principal-level or very small, senior staff-level, he would always insist she was in the room,” said Brendan Buck, an ex-aide to former House Speaker Paul Ryan, according to the Washington Post.
Buck said Hutchinson was usually a quiet presence taking notes, the Washington Post reported.
One source told CNN “she had very close access” to Meadows.
High praise from some colleagues
Trump and other allies bashed Hutchinson during and after her testimony, but others who worked for Trump or ex-Vice President Mike Pence had glowing reviews for her.
Sarah Matthews, a former Trump spokesperson, told PolitiFact that she was “essentially [Meadows’] right hand and a very close confidante of his even though she was pretty young.”
Matthew also said she was “extremely mature for her age, highly intelligent, very personable.”
“Her title might be misleading, people might overlook her, but her title did not exemplify all the duties she carried out for Mr. Meadows — she was definitely more than an executive assistant,” she told PolitiFact.
Former Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah Griffin texted PolitiFact that Hutchinson was a “consummate West Wing insider.”
“She was known as an incredibly hard and loyal worker — arriving as early as 6 am and often staying until after midnight. She flew all over the country on AF1 with the president,” she said in the text. “She was well liked and well respected. Always moving a million miles a minute. She was also on a first-name basis with most Republican members of Congress, and was plugged in throughout Republican circles.”
Next step amid lofty ambition
But there was a falling out between Hutchinson and Meadows in 2021, a former White House aide told CNN. She was supposed to become permanent staff at Mar-a-Lago, but those plans fell through, the outlet reported.
The New Jersey native has yet to have a full-time job since leaving the White House, the Washington Post reported.
Still, if she remains true to the goals she set for herself in college, Hutchinson will be a force going forward.
“I am confident I will be an effective leader in the fight to secure the American dream for future generations, so they too will have the bountiful opportunities and freedoms that make the United States great,” Hutchinson told her college outlet in 2018.
With Post wires