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Cassidy Hutchinson bio: Age and career so far of Jan 6 ‘surprise witness’

Bruno Cooke June 29, 2022
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The select committee investigating the events of 6 January 2021 heard the recorded testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson today, while her professional bio has eluded those looking for a Wiki or Twitter page.

Cassidy is a former aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, but she’s also worked under Steve Scalise and Ted Cruz.

Her closeness to the centre of the January 6 committee’s investigation is what has led one lawyer to describe her as potentially “the next John Dean” for the hearings. For what that means, read our explainer here.

But what do we know about Cassidy Hutchinson’s career to date, her age, and who she’s worked for during her relatively short career? 

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Cassidy Hutchinson professional bio: Where has she worked in the past?

Based in the Washington DC-Baltimore area, Cassidy Hutchinson has held various positions in the White House, despite her young age.

She studied at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. It’s there she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies.

While in attendance at Christopher Newport, Hutchinson interned at the White House. It was during Donald Trump’s presidency – she completed her studies in 2018.

She interned for house majority whip Steve Scalise and senator Ted Cruz, who The Guardian’s Martin Pengelly describes as “two powerful figures on the hard right of a hard-right party”.

Source: Christopher Newport University Newsroom

What is Cassidy Hutchinson’s age?

Hutchinson started her bachelor’s degree in 2015 and completed it in 2018. 

Most young people begin their studies immediately after graduating high school at age 18 – 92 per cent of college students are under the age of 24. That means there’s a reasonably high probability Cassidy Hutchinson enrolled at the age of 18 or 19.

If she did, she would have been in her early 20s when she earned her bachelor’s degree. It’s been four years since.

It’s reasonable to assume, therefore, that Cassidy Hutchinson’s age at time of writing – and during the January 6 select committee’s investigation – was 25 or 26.

Indeed, it was confirmed during the hearing that Hutchinson was 25 years old when she worked at the White House and she’s 26 now.

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Who has she worked for and when?

Cassidy interned with Steve Scalise and Ted Cruz while enrolled at Christopher Newport University, so between 2015 and 2018.

Her “latest sting on the Beltway”, however – wrote Brian McGuire for the university newspaper in October 2018 – “took her to the executive mansion”.

“I have set a personal goal to pursue a path of civic significance,” she told the paper. “Interning on Capitol Hill confirmed my desire to continue a path in government and, when I learned about the White House internship, I was eager to apply.”

Prior to her senior year at Christopher Newport, Cassidy Hutchinson worked for the Office of Legislative Affairs, drafting public messaging, talking with congress, and assisting at events.

She was executive assistant to former chief of staff Mark Meadows from March 2020 to January 2021.

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Why is Cassidy Hutchinson’s professional bio so significant to the January 6 committee?

Her former boss Mark Meadows “flirted” with co-operating with the committee investigating the 6 January 2021 events – writes The Guardian – but ultimately “refused to do so”.

The committee referred him to the Department of Justice for contempt of congress, but they didn’t charge him.

Nevertheless, it left a void where his perspective and testimony could have been. It’s partly for this reason that former Obama lawyer Norm Eisen told the Washington Post: “Cassidy Hutchinson might turn out to be the next John Dean”.

The meaning of the John Dean reference – explored at length here – is Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony could mark a milestone in the investigation. 

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.