Even for the rarefied, rank air of Ethics Villains, Cassidy Hutchinson, the January 6 Witch Hunt “star witness,” reeks.
Hutchinson became a goddess of the Trump Deranged when she testified in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s prime time TV show-trial in June. The former White House aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows dramatically claimed that she “still struggle[s] to work through the emotions” of that admittedly ugly day. “As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic,” Hutchinson said. “We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie, and it was something that was really hard in that moment to digest.”
The Federalist obtained text messages that Hutchinson sent from December 2020 through May 2021 in which she commiserated with other targets of the partisan probe, noted how little information she had about any of the events that day,pronounced Pelosi’s Star Chamber as corrupt, and ridiculed Liz Cheney, whom she hugged after her testimony. She also repeatedly spoke favorably about President Trump,
“I would rather shoot myself dead into the Potomac than see marine one flying around this city without 45 again,” Hutchinson wrote in one message nearly three months after the Capitol riot.
In November 2021, Hutchinson was among the first former White House staffers to be subpoenaed by the Select Committee. In the weeks and months following, Hutchinson continued to disparage the politicized committee in private, and repeatedly joked about the same riot she now says leaves her with emotional scars today. Six days after she was issued a subpoena, Hutchinson called the Jan. 6 panel a “phony committee.” Around the same time, she told a former colleague her testimony would have nothing to offer.
“Other than a handful of irrelevant texts, I have literally no documents or anything they’re asking about,” one ex-White House staffer texted her.
“Same,” she wrote back.Of being subpoenaed in November, Hutchinson wrote, “we were [f—–] by Bennie Thompson,” the titular chair of the committee. She joked that he would be sending her to jail, and hoped that another friend would come visit her. In a text published by the Daily Caller earlier this month, Hutchinson called the panel’s probe “bs.”
A real conversation that just took place:
Person on sidewalk: your sweatshirt says 45.
Person: like, Trump?
Me: I’m an insurrectionist.
And then I put my headphones in. The end.
I’m struggling to think of a comparable ethics villain in recent history.
Mark Fuhrman comes closest, I think.
Now we get to find out if any non-Fox News mainstream media sources have the decency and integrity to give this scandal the publicity it deserves.