Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior advisor to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, gained international attention when she testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack. In her first TV interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Hutchinson discussed her concerns for her safety after speaking out and her decision to relocate to the South for several months.
During the wide-ranging interview, Hutchinson addressed her testimony before the committee, the contradictions between her televised statements and earlier depositions, her new book titled “Enough,” published by CBS’ sister company Simon & Schuster, and the challenging moments leading up to her appearance before the House Select Committee.
Hutchinson revealed that she had almost decided not to testify, recalling a pivotal moment when she felt overwhelmed and considered walking away. Her attorney encouraged her to proceed, and she ultimately appeared before the committee.
“I almost ran out of – there’s a little hold room outside the Committee room that we were about to walk in, and I almost darted,” Hutchinson said.
“I heard the door click open and I turned around and I looked at my attorney and said, ‘I can’t do this.’ And I started to walk, and he gently pushed my shoulders. And he said, ‘You can do this.’ And then we walked out.
I would … like to make clear. I would not back the former president of the United States,” Hutchinson told Smith. “He is dangerous for the country. He is willing and has showed, time and time again, willingness to proliferate lies to vulnerable American people so he could stay in power. … To me, that is the most un-American thing that you can do.”
Despite remaining a Republican, Hutchinson made it clear that she would not support former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election. She expressed her concerns about Trump’s actions, particularly his willingness to propagate falsehoods to maintain his hold on power, which she viewed as a grave threat to the country.
Hutchinson’s interview shed light on her experiences as a key witness in the January 6 investigation and her perspective on the political landscape, emphasizing her conviction that Trump’s actions posed a significant danger to the United States.