Mick Mulvaney, the erstwhile acting chief of staff of the White House, stated a “friend” in the White House (amid Capitol riots on January 6) informed him Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows was undergoing ineptness.
He said Meadows had a total meltdown as the event transpired. Meadows wasn’t able to handle the situation well and was also having a nervous breakdown, according to reports.
The J6 Committee is absolutely a political show trial.
But people – including Republicans – should still be watching. https://t.co/D5LRpJso17
— Mick Mulvaney (@MickMulvaney) July 5, 2022
In a discussion on Friday with CBS, Mulvaney stated he had faith in the statement Meadows’s former top staffer, Cassidy Hutchinson, provided to the House committee looking into the attack.
When describing Meadows to legislators, Hutchinson used the word “disengaged.”
Accounts and Testimony
On January 6, as Hutchinson was bearing witness, she said he was messaging a buddy in the West Wing. He maintained the person was in the building.
“I said, if I pay heed to Cassidy carefully, it sounds like Mark was either utterly inept at work or having a complete meltdown. The person messaged back it was a little bit of both,” Mulvaney said.
He stated in a situation like the rebellion, the job of chief of staff was “essential,” but it appeared Meadows “checked out altogether.”
Mulvaney said he supported the former president for more than a year because he didn’t think what Trump did that day was illegal. However, Hutchinson’s testimony made him change his mind about the situation.
At the very end of the previous month, Hutchinson appeared during an emergency hearing called just after the committee declared it would take a break from holding committee consultations until July.
During the hearing, she told the committee Trump knew some of the people at the rally at the Ellipse before the uprising was armed, but he still went to the Capitol.
She said the previous president made an attempt to seize control of the vehicle he was riding in so he could make a course correction.
Mulvaney stated Friday he knew Hutchinson and she had “no incentive to lie.”
Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), the vice-chair of the committee, showed text messages at the end of the hearing that suggested President Trump may have tried to influence witnesses.
In the wake of Hutchinson’s testimony, the committee issued a subpoena to former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone, who testified before the panel on Friday.
1) Something to watch timing wise: Mark Meadows just got busted for felony witness tampering. This is often the point where someone realizes they’re definitely going to prison, and flips. Now the Fulton County DA is subpoenaing every top Trump underling except Mark Meadows.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 5, 2022
After the meeting, Democratic Representative for California Zoe Lofgren told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Cipollone did not dispute anything else revealed by the other witnesses.
However, she noted, “not opposing is not the same as admitting.”
Through the nonprofit group America First Legal, which former employees of the Trump administration manage, there have been inquiries submitted to Meadows for comment.
Meadows is a member of the organization’s board of directors.