Former Trump White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was being interviewed Thursday by the select House 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 a start?”
“I was asked to come in,” Mulvaney said when asked if he had been subpoenaed by the committee.
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 on Thursday morning.
Mulvaney, 55, told CBS last week that he believes former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson and other ex-officials who have testified about former President Donald Trump and his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob 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,” the former Republican South Carolina congressman said.
Mulvaney served multiple roles in the Trump administration, first as director of the Office of Management and Budget. During much of his stint in that role, he also was acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mulvaney later served as acting chief of staff for Trump from January 2019 through March 2020, when the president ousted him, and replaced him with a then-congressman, Mark Meadows. Trump then appointed him the special envoy for Northern Ireland.
Mulvaney resigned that role a day after the riot, telling CNBC that he had called then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that “I can’t stay” in the wake of the insurrection.
“Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in,” Mulvaney told CNBC at the time.
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