Trump’s Former Chief of Staff: Republican Witnesses at Jan. 6 Hearings Are Credible

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., listen as Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Keya Vakil

July 7, 2022

“The significance of last week’s Congressional Jan. 6 committee hearings cannot be overstated,” Mulvaney wrote in an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer this week.

Mick Mulvaney knows that some Republicans might immediately reject anything that paints former President Donald Trump in a negative light. But Mulvaney, who served as Trump’s acting chief of staff and now lives just south of the border in Indian Land, South Carolina, is calling on his fellow Republicans to pay attention to the findings of the US House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

“The significance of last week’s Congressional Jan. 6 committee hearings cannot be overstated,” Mulvaney wrote in an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday. He resigned from his post as the Trump administration’s special US envoy to Northern Ireland the day of the insurrection.

During the House committee’s hearings in the past month, Americans have learned:

  • that numerous White House and Trump campaign officials told the president the 2020 election was not stolen
  • that Trump knew some of the Jan. 6 protesters were armed before he encouraged them to go to the Capitol
  • that right-wing extremists were in communication with the White House
  • that top Trump advisors and several Republican members of Congress requested pardons for their plot to overturn the election
  • that Trump thought his vice president Mike Pence deserved to be hung
  • and that someone on Team Trump may be intimidating witnesses.

The hearings have painted a damning picture of Trump as a man willing to break the law to stay in power, and virtually all of the most damning revelations have come from Republicans.

That’s why Mulvaney, a UNC alum who represented South Carolina in the US House of Representatives, wants members of his party to pay attention: “When Republicans start testifying under oath that other Republicans lost the 2020 election and then broke the law to try to change that, Republicans should pay attention. Everyone should.”

Read his full op-ed here.

The next public hearing of the Jan. 6 select committee’s investigation into the deadly US Capitol insurrection is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, at 10 a.m.

READ MORE: 10 Shocking Takeaways From Tuesday’s Jan 6. Hearing From Mark Meadows’ Aide


  • Keya Vakil

    Keya Vakil is the deputy political editor at COURIER. He previously worked as a researcher in the film industry and dabbled in the political world.

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