Mulvaney details his January 6 testimony

Mulvaney, a critic of Trump in the 2016 election, went on to serve in a series of roles for the Trump administration, including director of the Office of Management and Budget, acting head of the Office of Financial Protection consumers and, most notably, as acting White House chief of staff from January 2019 to March 2020. A loyal, if outspoken, messenger to Trump during his tenure in the White House, Mulvaney has since criticized his former boss .

Among the topics Mulvaney said the Jan. 6 committee raised with him was a text message he sent the week after Election Day 2020 to Trump campaign officials and the chair of the National Committee. Republican, Ronna McDaniel, who said, “I have the nauseating feeling that everyone but me thinks we lost this election. I’m out there telling everyone we didn’t. If people know something that I don’t, I’d appreciate it if you let me know.

Mulvaney told CNN he believed at the time the Trump campaign’s public stance that the then-president had not been defeated, but had begun to sense that some inside the campaign and the RNC knew the race was lost.

“I remember…I was sitting there doing TV, on social media, talking about how I thought we had a good chance in Arizona. The election had not been finalized or certified,” he said. “So yeah, I was a little surprised to be sitting there defending the President… and people inside the campaign and inside the RNC had apparently decided there was no way to win Arizona… It was one of the times where I felt like I had been misled by the campaign and the Committee wanted to talk about it a bit.

The former White House chief of staff said the committee also asked him for details about how Trump’s White House worked, which Mulvaney interpreted as an attempt to understand how outside advisers pushing the president out of time to overturn the 2020 election results might have been able to get a West Wing meeting.

“They wanted to know the process, for example, how visitors come to see the president or how a chief of staff would typically try to include or exclude people from meetings with the president. So clearly they are trying to find out more about how Rudy Giuliani or Sidney Powell may have gained access to the President of the United States,” Mulvaney said. “How people like Mike Lindell got access, the role of people like Peter Navarro – the inner circle of people that others describe as crazy – how did they get the access they got when they got it did.”


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