Cassidy Hutchinson was key player during Trump’s impeachment, NYT reports

The New York Times and leftist media is working overtime to paint former aide to Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson, as a Trump loyalist who finally came to her senses and turned on former President Trump.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that she was a key member of a small team of White House staffers who successfully rallied support among House Republicans for Trump during his first impeachment trial.

The media outlet went into some detail on how Hutchinson’s path to the Jan. 6 committee’s inquisition evolved and how she experienced her anti-Trump epiphany. The report explained and justified the committee’s rush to air her testimony in what appears to be more of a duck and cover move rather than an actual revelation since numerous individuals are contesting the truthfulness of her secondhand, hearsay testimony.

Hutchinson claims to have received an apparently threatening text message the night before her fourth deposition with the committee from an anonymous Trump ally that asserted “he” was “thinking about you” and knew that she was “loyal” and was “going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

The New York Times then goes on to spin a tale that the committee members were “so alarmed by what they considered a clear case of witness tampering,” added to Hutchinson’s “smoking gun” testimony concerning Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6, that they decided an emergency public hearing had to be held.

According to the committee, their urgent need for this hearing was two-fold. One, Hutchinson was being pressured by Trump allies and they believed if she testified it would provide her some protection. And two, the committee felt they had to move fast to head off leaks over what they considered explosive testimony.

It is interesting that the New York Times made a point of showcasing Hutchinson’s so-called conservative pedigree in an attempt to bolster her credibility. They waxed poetic over her being the first in her family to go to college and that she attained her degree at Christopher Newport University. The leftist media arm also pointed out that she interned for both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House GOP Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). All of which have been highlighted before and mean pretty much nothing when it comes to credibility. It whiffs of desperation and framing Hutchinson as a Trump loyalist is an incredible stretch.

Again, Hutchinson was touted as “incredibly smart and driven” and as someone who “kind of came in and took the place by storm” according to yet another anonymous colleague. It should be noted that pretty much no one had heard of this “driving force” until her congressional testimony.

The New York Times hammered home the alleged fact that during Trump’s first impeachment in 2019, she was “among the handful of legislative affairs staff members tasked with shoring up support among disgruntled House Republicans for the embattled president.” Again, no one knew this convenient piece of information previously and therefore the left has to say it over and over again for effect hoping it will stick to the wall.

The woman was a very young staffer who, according to the Times, had developed “exceptionally strong contracts” with lawmakers. They made the point that she addressed members of Congress by their first names, something that is unsurprising in a close-held work environment.

Somehow, they laid at Hutchinson’s feet the victory of not a single House Republican defecting against Trump during the impeachment. They called it “a triumph that reflected well on every White House staff member involved, including Ms. Hutchinson.” That piece of revisionist history rings hollow as Republicans did not appear to need convincing to support Trump in the least. The New York Times claims it was this win that got her selected by Meadows as his aide.

When Hutchinson’s testimony for the committee began, she was represented by Stefan Passantino, who was a former Trump White House ethics lawyer.

Hutchinson allegedly “took pains to avoid speculating about the president.” Another anonymous friend of hers told the Times that she “warmed to the idea” of helping the committee, but “did not detect the same willingness” in Passantino, because “[h]e was there to insulate the big guy.” Evidently, his representation was not anti-Trump enough for the now-unemployed aide.

Enter former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) who is very anti-Trump. She offered to create a legal defense fund for Hutchinson so she could hire a new attorney. The offer was unnecessary as Jody Hunt, a former Justice Department attorney, offered to represent her pro bono.

The Times piece goes on to describe Hutchinson as “[n]ow unemployed and sequestered with family and a security detail” and as having “developed an unlikely bond” with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

“[A]s someone ostracized by her party and stripped of her leadership post for her denunciations of Mr. Trump, Ms. Cheney admires the younger woman’s willingness to risk her alliances and professional standing by recounting what she saw in the final days of the Trump White House, friends say,” the Times noted to no one’s surprise whatsoever on the right.

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