Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson has certainly racked up experiences in her 27 years on the planet.
While attending Christopher Newport (Va.) University as a undergrad, she interned for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as well as Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). After graduation, she joined the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and, two years later, became an aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, rising to Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Legislative Affairs.
Famously, she testified to the January 6 Committee in the summer of 2022, revealing behind-the-curtain details on the fateful day from a White House observer’s viewpoint.
Now, she is sharing more on one Pennsylvanian’s actions during that day – Rep. Scott Perry (R-Dauphin/Cumberland/York) – while promoting her new book, “Enough.”
Speaking on WITF’s “The Spark,” Hutchinson stood by her testimony to the committee, saying Perry was one of several legislators who was seeking a presidential pardon for any criminal acts.
“I think it is also important for central Pennsylvanians to know that Scott Perry was central to the planning of January 6th and central to the planning of operating of the Justice Department officials to execute a plan that Donald Trump wanted,” said Hutchinson to host Scott Lamar. “And what Donald Trump wanted was to essentially shred the Constitution in any way that he could to stay in power. And Scott Perry has a lot of information about that. And I think that Scott Perry owes it not only to Central Pennsylvanians, but to Americans to share what he knows.”
She said Perry should explain his knowledge of Trump’s plan to stay in office following President Biden’s 2020 election victory.
“I would implore him to go under oath to dispute whether or not he asked for a pardon, or whether he thinks he did anything wrong,” Hutchinson said.
Perry refused a subpoena to testify before the Jan. 6 Committee and was referred to the House Ethics Committee for sanctions – which he never received.
Hutchinson also said her story is a cautionary tale to others.
“Our democracy is fragile and it’s not guaranteed,” she said. “Our democracy is not designed to be guaranteed. This next election, to me, it’s bigger than politics. It’s bigger than the Democratic Party versus the Republican Party. This is about saving our republic.”
She did not mince words when describing her feelings on January 6, 2021, describing it as “the greatest threat to our democracy in modern American history.
“It’s not to say that this can’t happen again. You know, and I think that it’s an important way for people to understand not only what happened that day, but the threat that Donald Trump continues to pose on our nation. So you see it as kind of a warning for 2024. I see my story as a cautionary tale.”