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Cassidy Hutchinson denies dating allegations from Matt Gaetz as her book ‘Enough’ is published

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Cassidy Hutchinson could only laugh awkwardly after Rachel Maddow listed Hutchinson’s meetings with Rudy Giuliani and President Donald Trump that the former White House aide wrote about in her new book.

But after Maddow cited uncomfortable encounters Hutchinson had with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Monday night that were chronicled on “Enough,” the MSNBC host said the congressman not only denied these claims, but had also stated that he and Hutchinson briefly dated. . While Hutchinson acknowledged the two were friends at one point, she laughed again, saying, “I don’t think Matt Gaetz has the best track record when it comes to relationships and tolerating his relationships, how he thinks they are could be defined.”

“I will say for myself that I have never dated Matt Gaetz. I have much higher standards for men,” she says. said. “And Matt, frankly, is a very unserious politician. »

Maddow read passages from Hutchinson’s book, released Tuesday, that recounted two instances in which Gaetz allegedly made Hutchinson uncomfortable. Maddow read on-air passages about how Gaetz ran his thumb over Hutchinson’s chin and said, “Has anyone ever told you you’re a national treasure?” Another passage read Monday night concerned a case at Camp David in which Gaetz asked Hutchinson to escort him to his cabin, which brought then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif. .), to say, “Get a life, Matt. »

In a statement to the Washington Post, Gaetz denied Hutchinson’s claims, saying, “I don’t recall any of these events, and based on Cassidy’s prior false statements, I doubt they occurred.” » He maintained that they had dated, despite Hutchinson’s denial.

“I dated Cassidy for a few weeks when we were both single years ago. We parted amicably and remained friends afterward, even during President Trump’s presidency when she asked me to help her find a place to live in South Florida because she was impatient to continue working for President Trump,” Gaetz said. “It’s sad to see Cassidy dishonestly turn on so many people who cared about her for fame and book sales.”

A spokesperson for McCarthy did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.

Hutchinson, who was an aide to Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, became one of the most useful witnesses for the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Hutchinson, who testified for about two dozen hours over several sessions, said Meadows — whom she had not spoken to since leaving the White House — destroyed documents and was directly involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

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Hutchinson testified that she participated in conversations about the demands of Gaetz and GOP officials. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Tex.) and Scott Perry (Pa.), all of whom she said had asked the White House for a promise to be exonerated before any crimes of which they could be charged. Gaetz has previously described the January 6 committee as “an unconstitutional political spectacle” that “imposes federal law enforcement on political opponents.”

More than a year after her live testimony at a public hearing, the 26-year-old released her new book published by Simon and Schuster on Tuesday. The book promises to detail how Hutchinson was “an idealistic young woman thrust into the middle of a national crisis, where she risked everything to tell the truth about some of the most powerful people in Washington.”

In her first live television interview Monday night, Hutchinson told Maddow that while she still considers herself a Republican, she doesn’t consider Trump a “strong Republican.” Trump has been indicted in four cases — all while leading the Republican field in the 2024 presidential race.

“But in this election cycle, in my opinion, this is a watershed moment for the Republican Party,” Hutchinson said on MSNBC. “The time has come if these politicians, these men and some women, who are in Congress right now, want to make a break and speak out, they need to do it now.”

She added: “I think it’s extremely disappointing, and it’s not a difficult issue to accept. We’re talking about a man who basically almost destroyed democracy in one day, and he wants to do it again. He wants to run for president to do it again.

Hutchinson also explained on MSNBC how she wrote in the book that Giuliani groped her before the Capitol riot. After Maddow described it as “graphic and crude,” the host noted that Giuliani denied her account, calling it a “disgusting lie.” Hutchinson said she stands by what she wrote.

“I stand by my statement and what I described in the book, and I recognize that it was disgusting,” Hutchinson responded.

Towards the end of the interview, Hutchinson discussed Gaetz’s response to the book. After saying Gaetz was “someone I personally don’t think highly of in terms of trust,” Hutchinson highlighted the congressman’s role as one of the leading obstructionists on the far-right flank from the House that is pushing the country toward a potential government shutdown this week. Gaetz has pledged to file a motion to remove McCarthy from the presidency if he does not comply with hard-liners’ demands.

“I don’t have much else to say to someone who cares more about a simple sentence than passing a law,” Hutchinson said.

John Wagner, Amber Phillips, Eugene Scott, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Marianna Sotomayor and Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report.




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