Rudolph Giuliani speaks to reporters at the White House on July 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson says in a new book that she was groped by former President Donald Trump’s then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani on January 6, 2021. guardian It was reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, Hutchinson wrote that Giuliani, who is 52 years her senior, put his hand “under my blazer and then under my skirt” that day.
The alleged incident occurred backstage at a rally near the White House just before President Trump urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to protest the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
A spokesperson for Mr. Giuliani, 79, called Mr. Hutchinson’s claims “disgusting lies” and suggested she made up the allegations about the former New York mayor to boost sales for her book.
Mr. Hutchinson’s memoir, “Enough,” is scheduled to be published on Tuesday. The Guardian has obtained an advance copy of the book.
CNBC has not obtained a copy. NBC News, citing a person familiar with the book, confirmed the quote reported by the Guardian.
Mr. Hutchinson, 27, made national headlines last year for his explosive testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the events surrounding the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol after Mr. Trump’s Jan. 6 speech. It attracted attention.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attacks on the United States. . June 28, 2022 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
Her new book follows her transition from Trump supporter and White House official to a leading witness in the Congressional investigation that recommended criminal charges against the former president.
It also reportedly detailed for the first time her allegations of sexual misconduct against Giuliani, a former top federal prosecutor.
“I found Rudy behind a tent,” she wrote, along with pro-Trump lawyer John Eastman and others. She said, “The corners of her mouth split into a Cheshire cat smile, and she approaches me like a wolf stalking its prey, waving a stack of papers.”
“‘The proof is here. It’s all here. We’re going to get through this,’ Rudy said, wrapping one arm around me and closing the space that separated us,” she said.
“I felt his stack of papers pressed against the small of my back. I lowered my eyes and watched his free hand reach for the hem of my blazer. ” Hutchinson wrote.
“‘By the way,’ he said, pointing at the fabric, ‘I like this leather jacket of yours.’ His hand slipped under my blazer and then under my skirt.” she writes.
“I feel his icy fingers tracing my thighs,” she says of Giuliani, and his “chin tilts” and his eyes “look jaundiced.”
She said she looked at Eastman, who “gave her a naughty grin.”
“I fight the tension in my muscles and recoil from Rudy’s grip,” Hutchinson wrote.
Afterward, she said, “I ran through the tent in a fit of anger” looking for Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff and then-boss.
In a statement to CNBC, a spokesperson for Giuliani said: “It’s hard to ask Cassidy Hutchinson why she would now go public with allegations from two and a half years ago as part of a marketing campaign for her upcoming book. It’s fair.”
“This is a gross lie about Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a man with a distinguished history of public service that includes taking down the Mafia, cleaning up New York City, and comforting Americans after September 11,” spokesman Ted Goodman said. said.
In May, a former employee of Mr. Giuliani accused He filed a civil lawsuit for sexual assault in New York. Mr. Giuliani “unequivocally denies the allegations” raised in the lawsuit, a spokesperson for Mr. Giuliani said at the time.
Mr. Eastman’s lawyer, Charles Burnham, said in a statement to CNN that Mr. Hutchinson’s accusations were “defamatory.”
Eastman “does not remember meeting Ms. Hutchinson and did not even know who she was until she publicly testified before a House Select Committee in June 2022,” Burnham told CNN. told.
Eastman’s attorney did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
In June 2022, Mr. Hutchinson gained attention for his testimony before a House committee on January 6th.
She told the panel that after a rally on January 6, 2021, a White House official lunged at a Secret Service officer who refused to take President Trump to the Capitol, where a crowd of his supporters had swarmed. He said he was told.
She also testified that President Trump said it was OK for his supporters to bring weapons to the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the riot.
Mr. Trump denied these details of Mr. Hutchinson’s testimony.
Mr. Trump, Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Eastman and Mr. Meadows were all charged in a wide-ranging racketeering case in state court in Atlanta, accusing them of conspiring to overturn Mr. Trump’s loss in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
They and 15 other defendants pleaded not guilty in Fulton County Superior Court.