Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney talks with U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) before a ceremony US-China trade signing in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 15, 2020.
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Trump’s former White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, was being interviewed Thursday by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Asked by NBC News on his way into the closed-door session with the panel what he planned to say to its members, Mulvaney replied: “The truth. How about that for starters?”
“They asked me to come in,” Mulvaney said when asked if the committee had subpoenaed him.
CBS News, where Mulvaney works as a contributor, first reported that his interview would take place He confirmed his planned appearance in an email to CNBC Thursday morning.
Mulvaney, 55, he told CBS last week who believes that former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson and other former officials who have testified about former President Donald Trump and his actions on January 6, 2021, when a crowd of his supporters invaded the halls of Congress.
Mulvaney also said Trump should not seek a third term.
“I don’t want him to run. I don’t. Because we don’t need him anymore,” said the former South Carolina Republican congressman.
Mulvaney served in several roles in the Trump administration, first as director of the Office of Management and Budget. During much of his time in that role, he was also acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mulvaney later served as Trump’s acting chief of staff from January 2019 until March 2020, when the president fired him and replaced him with then-congressman Mark Meadows. Trump then appointed him special envoy for Northern Ireland.
Mulvaney resigned from that role a day after the riot, telling CNBC that he had called then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he “can’t stay” in the wake of the uprising.
“Those who choose to stay, and I’ve talked to some of them, choose to stay because they’re worried that the president might put someone in worse,” Mulvaney told CNBC at the time.