On Wednesday, former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson expressed gratitude to ex-Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), citing her as a motivating factor in her decision to share her experiences from the last days of Trump’s term.

During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Willie Geist inquired about Cheney’s role in supporting Hutchinson as she prepared to testify to Congress.

Hutchinson praised Cheney, describing her as a figure to emulate. “Liz Cheney exemplifies the kind of leadership we should strive for, and the type of leaders we should elect for national unity,” said Hutchinson. “Her unyielding resolve and dedication to the nation is commendable.”

She also acknowledged the significance of Cheney collaborating with Democrats on a committee, highlighting the nation’s critical juncture. Hutchinson expressed her gratitude, saying, “While I’d like to believe I’d have spoken out regardless, Liz Cheney’s influence was pivotal. I owe her immensely for her support in reaching this point.”

Cheney was one of ten GOP members who supported Trump’s impeachment following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol assault. She formerly co-chaired the House committee that delved into the event. Hutchinson, who previously worked under former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, was the inaugural Trump administration member to testify about the Capitol attack.

Cheney’s opposition to Trump led to her removal from a key House Republican role in 2021, and her eventual electoral defeat by Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman.

A month prior to Hutchinson’s comments, Trump and 18 of his associates faced indictments by a Georgia grand jury related to attempts to reverse the 2020 election results.

Additionally, after announcing his third bid for the presidency last November, Trump has faced three other legal challenges this year tied to his business activities, classified document management, and his post-2020 election conduct.

Hutchinson recently launched a book, “Enough,” where she delves into her tenure during the Trump administration and the circumstances leading to her congressional testimony.