Trump ‘reluctantly’ accepted loss of Arizona despite public statements: ex-adviser

New testimony released by the House Special Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots revealed that former President Donald Trump had “reluctantly” accepted his loss as a presidential nominee in Arizona in 2020.

Mick Mulvaney, the former acting White House chief of staff, spoke to the committee in July about a conversation he had with Richard Grenell, the former acting director of US National Intelligence, days after the 2020 election.

As they both discussed Trump’s “state of mind” at the time, Grenell Mulvaney said in person that he spoke to the then-president and told him that “we really had lost Arizona,” according to the interview transcript.

“It was his [Grenell] Impression, as he articulated to me, that the [former] The President was not pleased with this but reluctantly accepted it,” Mulvaney told the committee.

Trump'reluctantly' accepted Arizona loss: ex-adviser
Former President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Mar-a-Lago November 15 in Palm Beach, Florida. New testimony released by the House Special Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot revealed that Trump had “reluctantly” accepted his loss as the 2020 presidential nominee in Arizona.
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However, Grenell denied that incident on Friday, saying he does not know the details of Arizona’s election results.

“That is not true. I was working in Nevada in 2020 and didn’t know the details of Arizona at the time,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing portions of Mulvaney’s interview transcript.

But Mulvaney told the House committee that Grenell traveled to Arizona to “investigate” the GOP’s investigation into the state’s election results, which later revealed there was no evidence Trump had won there.

The results showed that Joe Biden won Maricopa County by 45,000 votes, which was crucial to his 10,500-vote victory in Arizona, according to the Associated Press.

“He was the president’s man,” Mulvaney said of Grenell. “He was leading everything the campaign was doing in Arizona, and then he came back and said … that they had nothing and that they actually lost Arizona.”

Mulvaney added that his conversation with Grenell came at a time when, despite the lack of evidence, Trump was still “taking the position that Arizona had been stolen.”

“I didn’t realize it until I was sitting here today, about the conversation I had with Grenell … Obviously you’re going to reach out to him now, I understand that,” Mulvaney told the committee.

Mulvaney’s testimony before the committee was one of dozens of witness transcripts released by the House panel shortly after it released its final report last week outlining alleged efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results.

Trump, who announced his 2024 presidential candidacy in November, has repeatedly touted unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election and claimed it was stolen for him, despite many Republican attorneys and judges finding otherwise.

news week has reached out to Grenell for comment through his election integrity-focused organization, Fix California. Trump ‘reluctantly’ accepted loss of Arizona despite public statements: ex-adviser

Rick Schindler

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