Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows and a key witness to the House Select Committee investigating January 6, writes in her new book Enough that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani sexually assaulted her on the day of the insurrection.
An adviser to Mr. Giuliani forcefully rejected the allegations in a statement to The Independent.
The former New York mayor was “like a wolf closing in on its prey,” writes Ms. Hutchinson, 27, according to a copy of the book obtained by The Guardian before its publication on Tuesday.
She writes that she met Mr. Giulaini, 79, backstage at then-President Donald Trump’s speech at the Ellipse on the National Mall, not far from the U.S. Capitol, shortly before the start of the attack on the democratic transfer of power.
She writes that Mr. Giuliani put his hand “under my blazer, then under my skirt.”
“I feel his frozen fingers moving up my thigh,” she adds. “He lifts his chin. The whites of his eyes appear yellowish. My eyes shift to John Eastman, who is smirking.
Mr. Eastman is a law professor who has promoted a widely criticized theory that Mr. Trump could legally overturn the 2020 election.
“I fight against the tension in my muscles and recoil from Rudy’s grip…filled with rage, I storm through the tent, in another quest for Mark,” Ms. Hutchinson writes.
Ms Hutchinson explains in the book how she started out as a Trump supporter but then became increasingly disillusioned with the president and how she later became a key witness for the congressional panel investigating the Capitol riot.
Mr. Giuliani has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges related to racketeering and conspiracy in Georgia as part of the Trump campaign’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election in the state.
The former U.S. attorney was also found guilty of defaming two state election workers. The Washington, D.C., bar argued for his disbarment.
Amid a growing mountain of legal fees, Mr. Giualini put his Manhattan apartment up for sale. The 79-year-old is also being sued for $1.3 million by his own lawyer for unpaid fees and for $10 million by a former personal assistant. In that lawsuit, Mr. Giualini also faces allegations of sexual assault and harassment, as well as abuse of power and wage theft.
Around January 6, 2021, Ms. Hutchinson wrote that she “felt anger, bewilderment and a creeping sense of dread that something truly horrible (was) going to happen.”
“I found Rudy at the back of the tent with, among others, John Eastman,” she adds. “The corners of his mouth split into a Cheshire cat smile. Waving a stack of documents, he walks towards me, like a wolf closing in on its prey.
“We have the evidence. It’s all here. We’re going to get this done,” she said, quoting Mr. Giualini. “Rudy wraps an arm around my body, closing the space between us. I feel his stack of documents pressing against the small of my back .I look down and watch his free hand reach for the hem of my blazer.
“By the way,” he said, touching the fabric, “I love that leather jacket you’re wearing.” “His hand slips under my blazer, then under my skirt,” she wrote.
Ted Goodman, Mr. Giuliani’s political adviser, said The independent in a statement: “It’s fair to ask Cassidy Hutchinson why she only just published these allegations from two and a half years ago, as part of the marketing campaign for the release of her upcoming book. This is a disgusting lie against Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a man whose distinguished career in public service included taking down the Mafia, cleaning up New York City, and comforting the nation after 9/11.
The independent contacted Mr. Eastman for comment.