On MSNBC early this Wednesday, Cassidy Hutchinson insisted that former President Donald Trump should not return to the White House — which he is, of course, currently trying to do.
Hutchinson served as an aide during Trump’s first and so far only term, and she provided high-profile testimony to the House committee that investigated January 6, 2021, and circumstances leading up to that fateful day’s events. She was on duty as part of the White House team that day as Trump made his outdoor speech in D.C. and later rhetorically limped through condemnations of the rioters attacking police. Some of the most widely circulated revelations from her original, public remarks involved the evident knowledge on then-President Trump’s part that supporters of his on the ground in D.C. that day were armed, and she’s now coming out with a book.
“I think that we need to do everything we can as a country to have productive conversations this next year to make sure that Donald — the closest that Donald Trump ever gets to the White House again is when he reports to the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., for his trial,” Hutchinson told the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
In her book, Hutchinson makes further allegations, including that Trump ally Rudy Giuliani groped her on the day of the Capitol riot. Responding to the revelations, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) drew a connection between the repeated accusations of sexual harassment and assault made against individuals in Trump’s circles and their domineering, authoritarian political approach. Giuliani has talked up the possibility of suing Hutchinson after those claims emerged, although one might wonder how he’d actually finance such an endeavor. His financial obligations in a defamation case from two former Georgia election workers are already approaching a quarter of a million dollars, he’s being sued by a former lawyer for an alleged total of over $1.3 million in unpaid legal fees, and he’s also being sued by a former employee who alleges unpaid wages and, again, sexual harassment.