Cassidy Hutchinson is a former White House aide who served as the assistant to former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the Trump administration.
She gained national attention for her testimony before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, where she revealed details about President Trump's conduct and that of his senior aides and political allies before and during the attack on the Capitol.
Early life and education
Hutchinson was born in Pennington, New Jersey, and graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School in 2015. She describes herself as a "first-generation college student" and studied at Christopher Newport University between 2015 and 2018, graduating in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and American Studies.
Hutchinson began her political career as an intern for Republican Senator Ted Cruz in 2016 and for Republican House Whip Steve Scalise in 2017. In 2018, she joined the White House Office of Legislative Affairs as an intern and later became an employee of the office. In March 2020, when Mark Meadows became Trump's fourth chief of staff, he selected her to serve as one of his aides. She soon became Meadows' principal assistant, continuing through to the end of the Trump presidency, where her title was Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Legislative Affairs. She worked in an office next to Meadows' office, just down the hall from the Oval Office. She took notes at meetings and traveled with Meadows, monitoring his phone and relaying his orders. She was described as a close confidante of Meadows.
January 6 Committee testimony
Under subpoena, Hutchinson had given four depositions totaling more than two dozen hours to the committee prior to testifying on live television on June 28, 2022. She provided testimony on President Trump's conduct and that of his senior aides and political allies before and during the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Hutchinson's testimony received significant national attention, with several media outlets labeling it as "compelling" and "explosive"; however, she was also subject to severe criticism from conservative allies to Trump.