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Cassidy Hutchinson testifies during a hearing held by the House Select Committee on Tuesday.
Cassidy Hutchinson testifies throughout a listening to held by the Home Choose Committee on Tuesday. (Brandon Bell/Getty Photographs)

Reacting in actual time to the damning testimony of former White Home aide Cassidy Hutchinson, former President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday he “hardly know[s]” Hutchinson, and personally rejected a request she made to hitch his post-presidency employees at Mar-a-Lago.

“When she requested to go together with sure others of my workforce to Florida after my having served a full time period in workplace, I personally turned her request down,” Trump mentioned on Fact Social throughout Hutchinson’s dwell testimony to the Home panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the Capitol.

Trump tried to forged Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday as revenge, claiming she was “very upset and offended that I did not need her” at his Palm Seashore residence.

The previous President’s try and distance himself from Hutchinson, who he described as “dangerous information” on Tuesday, got here after the committee confirmed renderings of the West Wing to display simply how shut she was to the Oval Workplace as an assistant to Meadows. A number of former White Home aides additionally publicly vouched for Hutchinson’s proximity to Trump and his chief of employees earlier than and through her look on Tuesday. 

“Anybody downplaying Cassidy Hutchinson’s function or her entry within the West Wing both does not perceive how the Trump [White House] labored or is making an attempt to discredit her as a result of they’re terrified of how damning this testimony is,” tweeted former White Home deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews. 

In response to this, one former White Home aide mentioned, “everybody excessive up on the White Home knew her. And even when Trump didn’t know her identify, he most definitely acknowledged her. She traveled on Air Pressure One with Mark for each journey.”

Hutchinson might not be a widely known identify exterior of Trump world, however she was an entry level to the within of it when Meadows was the previous President’s chief of employees. If lawmakers wished to get in contact with Trump, they referred to as Hutchinson, not the White Home switchboard. After they had a message to push to Meadows, they rang Hutchinson, not the legislative affairs staffer, as reported by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Trump has beforehand downplayed his relationship to key witnesses who’ve cooperated with the Home probe. 

Days after the committee revealed that Trump’s former physique man, Nick Luna, testified that he referred to as then-Vice President Mike Pence a “wimp” on Jan. 6, 2021, the previous President denied doing so and mentioned he did not know who the aide was. 

“One man acquired up and mentioned that he heard me calling Mike Pence a wimp … I do not even know who these persons are,” Trump informed a crowd in Nashville earlier this month. 

However days later, British filmmaker Alex Holden, who has additionally testified earlier than the committee, launched a video clip of Trump personally directing Luna – by identify – to assist correctly stage certainly one of his on-camera interviews for Holden’s documentary.

Trump has usually tried to downplay his familiarity with aides and allies with whom he was as soon as shut.

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