“The situation can be very dark for the former president,” wrote former Trump aide Mick Mulvaney.


Me Resigned from Trump administration On January 6, 2021, I did so because I thought President Donald Trump couldn’t be the leader the country needed in one of the most important moments. But I have defended him ever since against his allegations that he did something illegal or criminal.

In response to the allegations that he caused a riot at the US Capitol, I pointed out that he had made similar speeches in the past (and). Often accused of promoting violence) And the result was generally peaceful.I also pointed out that the right-wing extremists, who seemed to be most centrally involved in the attack, were already in the Capitol. Before the president makes a speech..

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I was not the only one to defend the president from such claims. Bill burrTwo U.S. Attorney Generals, and Now No fans of playing cards,He said I didn’t believe that the president’s actions that day had risen to the level of crime..

I don’t know if the bar has been struggling to maintain that stance since then January 6th Committee Tuesday Hearing.. But I certainly do. After some of the bombs dropped at that hearing, my guess is that things could be very dark for the former president.

Many headline-worthy claims

The press is most likely to focus on the most sensational claims: Trump knew some The protester had a gun And he still advised them to go to the Capitol.He Physically assaulted A member of his security team when the agent refused to drive Trump to the Capitol.That there may be a direct phone From the radicals To the White House Via Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Mark MeadowsAnd some of Trump’s advisers, including his Chief of Staff Meadows, Requested amnesty It is related to their role at the January 6th event.

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And all of them are noteworthy. Some of the allegations of encouraging protests despite knowledge of guns, and assaults on federal agencies, could constitute a crime.The alleged link to the radical group will be dangerously close to those who have already been to the White House. Indicted for incendiary conspiracy.. And the simple fact that people around you were obviously worried about committing a crime is certainly not definitive, but not the best optics.

Mick Mulvaney, White House Chief of Staff in 2018.

Mick Mulvaney, White House Chief of Staff in 2018.

However, all of these claims support the credibility of the Star Witnesses in the “surprise” hearing. Cassidy Hutchinson, Former Mark Meadows aide and special aide to the president. It was her testimony that revealed all of these new revelations, and it was her testimony that drew much attention.

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After Hutchinson’s testimony, Trump issued statement She is a dissatisfied employee and The position was rejected With the Post White House Trump team. If that is true, it can certainly cause problems with her credibility. And it would be interesting to see if Meadows and others come forward to refute her claim. (As an aside, Hutchinson worked easily for me at the White House. I don’t say I know her very well, but I thought her testimony was very reliable.)

An eye-catching postscript

However, there is another revelation from the hearing that does not enable the credibility of the witnesses. It’s something that jumped out to me. And that is the most worrying thing about the former president.

These are a few slides exhibited at the end of the hearing by Republican Vice-Chairman Liz Cheney. The details of them are still unknown, but they were said to be statements from other witnesses about the communications received before testifying.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House Chief of Staff aide to Mark Meadows, was pledged before testifying at the House January 6 Committee on June 28, 2022.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House Chief of Staff aide to Mark Meadows, was pledged before testifying at the House January 6 Committee on June 28, 2022.

One slide said, “What they told me is, as long as I remain a team player, they know I’m on the team, I’m doing the right thing, I need to protect Protecting someone … I continue to have good grace in Trump World and they reminded me several times that Trump was reading a transcript and remember it stay here While proceeding with testimony recording and interviews with the committee.. “

The meaning was very clear. Members of the Commission on January 6 believe that there is evidence that Operation Trump people attempted to intimidate witnesses. And it’s a hindrance to justice, no matter how you slice it.

Trump may have committed a crime on January 6, 2021. It is possible that he did not commit. My guess is that a parliamentary inquiry is by no means a criminal court. For many, how they feel about his behavior will continue to depend heavily on how they vote.

But that may not be a problem. Whether Donald Trump was as innocent as the virgin snow on January 6, he didn’t know about the gun, he didn’t attack the agent, or what the Proud Boys were doing. Even if he doesn’t know at all, if he interferes with the judiciary in connection with the January 6 hearing, he could become the next politician to learn the rigorous lesson that it’s usually not a crime. It’s a cover-up.

Mick Mulvaney From December 2018 to March 2020, when President Donald Trump nominated him, he was the White House’s chief deputy. Northern Ireland Special Envoy Mark Meadows was set up as Chief of Staff. Malverny was previously Deputy Director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and a Republican member of the House of Representatives. He is now Actum LLC..

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