Donald Trump’s former White House acting Chief of Staff has written a new opinion piece where he details his experience testifying before the January 6th House Select Committee.
Claiming he has “little information to share” about January 6th, when he resigned from his post as special envoy to Northern Ireland, Mulvaney says the Committee–which he calls “undeniably political”–was “keenly interested” in a text he sent to Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, Jared Kushner and others from the Trump campaign on November 3, 2021, after McDaniel said on a campaign call that Trump had lost Arizona. “I’m getting this sinking feeling that everyone other than me thinks we have lost this election,” Mulvaney said in the text. “I am out there telling everyone we haven’t. If people know something I do not, I would appreciate it if you would let me know. It is better for me not to do TV, and keep my mouth shut, than to do TV and say we have a chance when the people in the know know that we do not.”
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) July 28, 2022
In his piece, Mulvaney demurs and claims he just wasn’t a vital enough part of the Trump White House to be caught up in the plot, despite being the acting Chief of Staff: “At first, it seemed there was little I could tell the committee relevant to its inquiry,” Mulvaney dodges. “I had some texts and tweets on the day of the riot, and I provided some general background into how a West Wing operates; how people might get into, or be excluded from, meetings with the president, for example. Nothing too interesting.”
NEW: Mick Mulvaney arrived for his closed-door deposition with the Jan. 6 committee. I asked what he plans to tell the committee. “The truth. How about that for a start.”
— Kyle Stewart (@KyleAlexStewart) July 28, 2022
Mulvaney also criticizes the Committee for doing its job: “The committee does not exist to determine whether Donald Trump’s face should go on Mount Rushmore; it exists to try to damage him politically. And there is certainly no one on the committee who considers it their responsibility to defend him. To the contrary, every single person involved most likely believes it is their job to make him look bad.”
Read the full Op-Ed at the Charlotte Observer.