In the early morning hours, Cassidy Hutchinson rushed out of Washington while desperately searching on her phone for advice on how to be a whistleblower while Googling “Watergate.”
As per transcripts of her testimony announced Thursday, till that point, the former Donald Trump White House aide had continued to be “loyal” and “in the family,” as Trumpworld insiders constantly remind her. She would later become the star witness of the House Select Committee trying to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection.
She had no idea who was paying the bill for her attorney, but he made it simple that her responsibility was to “protect the president.” She finally confessed to the committee that he kept offering her job chances and making promises that she would be “taken care of” once she performed her part.
Hutchinson claimed that the moral issue she had been struggling with ended the night before she escaped to her parent’s home in New Jersey, forcing her to make a choice that would impact the course of the Capitol attack inquiry.
Hutchinson’s shocking testimony this summer served as a pillar of the Jan. 6 committee’s inquiry. However, brand-new, previously unpublished transcripts of her conversations with detectives that were made public on Thursday portray a new picture of a young, desperate woman divided between her conscience and some of America’s most powerful men.
In sworn evidence to the committee in September, she admitted, “I was afraid, I almost felt like at points Donald Trump was looking over my shoulder.”