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Former top White House official Mick Mulvaney said on Wednesday that Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony at the Jan. 6 committee hearing this week changed his mind about defending Donald Trump against charges of incitement to riot.
Mulvaney told “CBS Mornings” that the bombshell accusations by Hutchinson, who was top aide to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadow at the time of the Capitol riot, were “compelling and very credible.”
“Do you think these hearings change mainstream Republicans, maybe Republicans like you, about their attitudes toward the former president?” asked CBS host Vladimir Duthiers.
“Sure. It certainly changed my mind, yesterday’s testimony did,” Mulvaney said. “I’ve defended the president against charges of inciting a riot. I’ve seen the same speech he’s made dozens of times. I’ve seen him accused of trying to foment violence without that no violence results, so I “I defended him. But after yesterday, when she testified that he knew there were guns on the property and was still encouraging people to come down to the Capitol, that certainly changed my mind. Whether or not this changes the hard-core supporters of MAGA on the right wing of the party, I don’t know. That remains to be seen.
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When asked if he would vote for Trump again, Mulvaney, who served as Trump’s acting chief of staff and budget director during his tenure, called it a good question from the hearings. He suggested that if further Jan. 6 revelations weaken Trump politically, people might see renewed interest in other Republicans seeking nomination, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, R., and former United Nations Ambassador. Nikki Haley.
“But yes or no, sir, if he runs again, will you vote for him?” asked Duthiers.
“Oh, count me as one of the Republicans hoping he’s not the nominee at this point,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney resigned as the Trump administration’s special envoy to Northern Ireland following the riot, along with several other officials who did so in protest. Trump was impeached by the House in 2021 for inciting insurrection, but acquitted by the US Senate.
Mulvaney became a CBS News contributor this year, drawing fury from members of the liberal media. He tweeted Tuesday that it was a “very, very bad day” for Trump and called for witnesses to come forward to corroborate or refute Hutchinson’s claims. He has consistently criticized Trump’s rhetoric around and since the Jan. 6 riot, but previously said he would “absolutely” support Trump for president again in 2024 if he ran.
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Hutchinson was a surprise witness at the Jan. 6 committee this week, where she made a number of headline-grabbing claims, including that Trump knew people at his National Mall rally were armed, and he wanted to get rid of the “mags” or magnetometers, so that more of his followers could enter. She said Trump ignored pleas from his staff to quash his supporters as they stormed the Capitol, and she said Meadows asked for forgiveness before Trump left office. fear of being involved in crime.
She claimed Trump had furious outbursts, including once throwing a dish at the wall in anger because his stolen campaign claims were not supported by the attorney general. She also said she heard Trump threw himself on the wheel of the vehicle he was in in an effort to be driven to the Capitol on the day of the riot, even getting into a physical altercation with a member of the services. secrets. Multiple reports have indicated that the Secret Service will dispute these latest claims regarding Trump’s actions in the vehicle.
Trump denied Hutchinson’s allegations in a series of 12 posts on his Truth Social networking app. The former president said she was “A Total Phony!!!” and called the January 6 Committee “a kangaroo court”.
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Hutchinson began his career as an intern for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., before rising through the ranks at the White House to become a trusted aide to Meadows.