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Like no witness before her, Cassidy Hutchinson brought the public to the West Wing on January 6 and the days around him. Through live testimonies and clips from her videotaped testimony, she narrated in vivid detail scenes involving President Donald Trump and some of his closest aides.

From the Oval Office dining room to backstage at the White House Ellipse, she explained how Trump and those around him responded to key moments leading up to the pro-Trump riots and quoted at length from her interactions with the White Man’s chief of staff Haus, Mark Meadows, and overheard conversations involving the President.

Here are four of the revealing scenes Hutchinson described:

Dec 1, 2020: Ketchup on the wall

Hutchinson was within earshot of the Oval Office dining room on Dec. 1, 2020, when President Donald Trump saw his Attorney General William P. Barr tell the Associated Press the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. She heard a commotion, and as the valet waved her into the dining room, she watched the aftermath of the President’s reaction.

January 2, 2021: “We’re going to the Capitol”

On January 2, 2021, four days before the attack on the Capitol, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani met with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others. Hutchinson ushered Giuliani out of the White House that night and listened to him preview the January 6 events.

January 6, 2021: “You are not here to hurt me”

Backstage before Trump’s speech to supporters at the Ellipse, Hutchinson stood next to the President as he assessed the size of the crowd and, as she said, called for the removal of metal detectors to allow people with firearms to attend, saying, “They are not.” here to hurt me.”

January 6, 2021: I’m not going to the Capitol

Hutchinson described what Tony Ornato, deputy chief of staff for operations, told her about Trump’s reaction to the news that he couldn’t join his supporters in the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Illustrations by Lara Antal. Designed and developed by Aadit Tambe. Audio by Sabby Robinson. Additional reporting by Isaac Stanley-Becker. Edited by Madison Walls, Rachel Orr and Griff Witte. Edited by Jordan Melendrez.

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