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Former White House chief of staff says Trump should be most worried about evidence the January 6 panel may have for obstruction of justice

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  • In an op-ed article, Mick Mulvaney wrote Donald Trump could face claims of obstruction of justice.

  • Per Mulvaney, such claims are the threat Trump should be most worried about.

  • He also described a former White House aide's Tuesday testimony as "eminently credible."

The former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney wrote on Wednesday that in his view the real threat to former President Donald Trump was evidence that might lead to accusations of obstruction of justice.

In an op-ed article for USA Today, Mulvaney weighed in on a former White House aide's bombshell testimony Tuesday before the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Mulvaney served as Trump's acting chief of staff for more than a year starting in early 2019. Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide who testified, served under Mulvaney's successor, Mark Meadows.

Mulvaney wrote that he had previously defended the former president against claims that he did "anything illegal or criminal" in relation to the Capitol riot. He said he was having difficulty maintaining that position, however, particularly after Hutchinson's testimony, which he said he found "eminently credible."

"Because after some of the bombshells that got dropped in that hearing, my guess is that things could get very dark for the former president," Mulvaney wrote.

Mulvaney also said, though, that Tuesday's hearing revealed one real threat to Trump that didn't hinge on Hutchinson's words or credibility. "It is the one that jumped out at me," he wrote. "And it is the one that should most worry the former president."

He referred to the evidence presented by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming toward the end of the hearing consisting of two messages that January 6 panel witnesses said they received before giving their depositions. The messages included allusions to being a "team player" to "stay in the good graces in Trump world" as well as a reminder that Trump read transcripts of interviews.

Mulvaney said that the implication behind displaying the messages during the hearing was "crystal clear."

"The Jan. 6 committee members believe they have evidence that people within the Trump operation attempted to intimidate witnesses," Mulvaney wrote. "And that, any way you slice it, is obstruction of justice."

"Even if Donald Trump were as innocent as the virgin snow that Jan. 6, even if he didn't know about the guns, or didn't assault his agent, or had absolutely no clue what the Proud Boys were up to, if he obstructed justice related to the Jan. 6 hearings, then he could well become just the next politician to learn the hard lesson that it usually isn't the crime," he added. "It's the cover-up."

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