Mulvaney claims a friend told him Mark Meadows had ‘nervous breakdown’ on Jan 6

(Video: CBS News)

The reality that testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to the Jan. 6 committee’s show trial falls apart under scrutiny hasn’t deterred corporate media from glomming onto her hearsay.

In fact, they’ve embraced the “bombshell” claims about former President Donald Trump’s behavior the day the Capitol was breached and sought out others to heap on more secondhand stories.

Mick Mulvaney, former acting White House chief of staff for Trump and current CBS News contributor, joined Catherine Herridge Friday to do just that as he recounted text messages he exchanged with a source whom he said was in the White House on Jan. 6. Herridge didn’t balk as Mulvaney supported Hutchinson’s claims with the results of his own game of telephone that presented like a thinly-veiled opportunity to level accusations against his successor, Mark Meadows.

Riffing off Hutchinson’s testimony that alleged Meadows was “completely disengaged,” Mulvaney stated, “I was talking with a friend of mine during the testimony last week and I was texting back and forth. And this person was in the West Wing during the Jan. 6 riots. And I said, ‘You know, if I listen to Cassidy closely, it sounds like Mark was either completely incompetent at the job or was having a nervous breakdown.'”

The alleged response from the unnamed witness was, “It was a little bit of both.”

“So you sort of get this impression that things had really broken down and that Mark Meadows as the chief of staff, which is a critical position, especially in these critical moments, had checked out entirely,” Mulvaney went on.

The former Trump administration official seems to be satisfying his own self-interest throughout the Jan. 6 hearings as he has both decried the exercise as a political show trial and asserted that the uncorroborated evidence presented was damning to the president.

In a series of tweets following Hutchinson’s testimony, Mulvaney asserted, “I know her. I don’t think she is lying” and promoted her claims by calling it “a very, very bad day for Trump.” His insistence came even as he contended that firsthand testimony would likely come from Meadows and the Secret Service agents from whom Hutchinson’s story allegedly had originated.

Herridge took a moment to reset and reemphasize the claims that Mulvaney was making about Meadows and he pressed on stating, “Cassidy’s words were ‘checked out’ my words was Mark having a nervous breakdown or was he just that incompetent.”

Offering the response of Meadows being “a little bit of both” once more he asserted, “That would explain a lot of the breakdown in the West Wing.”

The former chief of staff had also stated that after he had been ousted from his position, “the normal people were not there,” for the remainder of Trump’s administration and “that for whatever reason, it was only the crazies.”


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