A former Trump White House chief of staff says latest Jan. 6 hearing has revealed ‘stunning’ new evidence of potential crime

Mick Mulvaney and Donald Trump sitting in front of flags

Then-President Donald Trump and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney listen for comments over lunch with representatives of the United Nations Security Council, in the White House cabinet room on December 5, 2019.Mark Wilson/Getty Images

  • Mick Mulvaney was the acting White House chief of staff from 2019 to 2020.

  • After the January 6 uprising, he resigned as US special envoy to Northern Ireland.

  • Mulvaney said the testimony of a former White House aide posed a “serious problem” for Trump.

The testimony of a former White House aide that Donald Trump knew some protesters were armed before marching to the Capitol — and that his own top advisers were asking for a pardon after the Jan. 6 riots — captivated Tuesday’s congressional hearing the uprising turned into a “very, very bad day” for the former president, according to a former Trump loyalist.

“A Stunning 2 Hours,” Mick Mulvaney posted on Twitter following the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, who succeeded Mulvaney as Trump’s White House chief of staff.

Mulvaney cited four reasons why the congressional committee hearing that examined Jan. 6 was so damning, citing Hutchinson’s sworn testimony: that “Trump Knew The Protesters Had Weapons“; that he grabbed the steering wheel from his presidential vehicle when told the Secret Service would not take him to the United States Capitol; that there appeared to be “a line” connecting Trump’s White House to the far-right Proud Boys; and that his own assistants – including Meadows and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani – forgiveness sought in the aftermath of the attack.

Just encouraging protesters to “fight” for Trump in the US Capitol and instigating a riot was enough in itself to have White House staffers”accused of every crime imaginable‘ said the former president’s lawyers, as told by Hutchinson.

But most damning, Mulvaney said, was the evidence presented by the committee’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, who suggested possible witness manipulation by those close to the former president.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Cheney shared messages — which were reminiscent of mafia-style harassment — that she said had been sent to those called to testify before the Jan. 6 commission.

†[A person] let me know you have your statement tomorrow,” one message read. “He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking of you. He knows that you are loyal, and that you will do the right thing if you go for your impeachment.”

According to Mulvaney, while other claims were more “sensational,” the “real bomb that was dropped was the implicit charge of witness tampering.” If “hard evidence” exists, he added“That is a serious problem for the former president.”

Mulvaney was still working for the White House as the insurgency unfolded and remained the US special envoy to Northern Ireland weeks after Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

In a now infamous piece for The Wall Street Journal, published days after the 2020 election, Mulvaney assured the public that if Trump were found to be the loser, he would “cooperate in the peaceful transfer of power.”

“I have every confidence that Mr Trump will be, act and speak as a great president should – win or lose,” he added.

Mulvaney finally resigned on January 7

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