Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former acting chief of staff, testified before the committee on Jan. 6

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, who served as acting chief of staff under former President Donald Trump, will sit Thursday for a virtually taped deposition with the House committee investigating Jan. 6, three sources familiar with the plans told NBC News.

Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff in 2019 and early 2020, arrived for his behind-closed-door questioning at around 1:40 p.m. When asked by NBC News what he would say to the committee, he said, “The truth. How about that for starters.”

When Trump installed Mark Meadows to succeed Mulvaney as chief of staff, he appointed the former South Carolina congressman, who also served as director of the Office of Management and Budget, as special envoy for Northern Ireland.

Mulvaney told CNBC he resigned from that role the night of the Capitol riot. “I called [then-Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I’m stopping this. I can not. I can’t stay,” he said on Jan. 7 in an interview on “Squawkbox”.

“Those who choose to stay, and I’ve spoken to some of them, choose to stay because they fear the president could put something worse into it.”

CBS News, who hired Mulvaney as a contributor in March, did report first on his planned testimony before the committee.

Pompeo said Thursday he was in talks about potentially speaking to the committee.

“We spoke to them about possibly appearing in front of them to make sure we understand what they’re asking for,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “I rejoice in working with things that are fair, transparent, and deliver good outcomes for the American people.”

The January 6 Committee of the House of Representatives has aired public hearings on the preparations to that day and the actions Trump may or may not have taken over the course of the riot. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the panel, said the investigation is ongoing, new witnesses have come forward and they will hold additional hearings in September.

The Justice Department is also investigating Trump’s actions leading up to the riots as part of its criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, an administration official familiar with the investigation said this week.

The committee’s spokesman told NBC News Thursday that it had established a formal path for sharing investigative materials, including witness transcripts and evidence, with the Justice Department, echoing comments by its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss Politically.

“We have put together a template to exchange information and share it with the judiciary. As far as I know, there’s general agreement on this,” Thompson told the outlet.

Mulvaney tweeted last month that he believes Cassidy Hutchinson, the former chief adviser to Meadows, who testified that Trump got into a physical altercation with an intelligence officer when he tried to join his supporters in the Capitol on the day of the riot.

“I guess before this is over we’ll hear testimonies [Secret Service official Tony] ornato, [then-head of Trump’s security detail Bobby] Engle and Meadows,” he wrote. “This is explosive stuff. If Cassidy is making this up, they have to say so. If it isn’t, you have to confirm it. I know you. I don’t think she’s lying.”

After panel members revealed at a public hearing last month that they were concerned Trump allies were trying to intimidate witnesses who were cooperating with their investigation, Mulvaney said it could pose a “serious problem” for the former president.

“The press today will focus on some sensational revelations: guns, the capture of an intelligence agent, etc. But the real bombshell that was dropped was the implied witness tampering charge,” he said tweeted. “When there is hard evidence, that’s a serious problem for the former president.”

Elizabeth Sedran and Kyle Stewart contributed.

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