Bill Stepien tells Jan. 6 committee he was part of the Trump campaign’s ‘normal team’

In recorded testimony played during the January 6 House Select Committee hearing on Monday, former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told investigators he had decided to distance himself from efforts to cast doubt on the 2020 election results because he “didn’t think what was happening was necessarily honest or professional at the time.”

Video transcript

Clip 15.

OKAY. And it was important for you, Mr. Stepien, to withdraw for your own professional reputation? You didn’t want to be associated with what you heard from the Giuliani team and others who intervened after you left?

BILL STEPIEN: I didn’t mind being categorized. There were two groups of [INAUDIBLE]. We called them my team and Rudy’s team. I didn’t mind being characterized as part of the normal team, as reporters started doing around that time.

I said a few hours ago, very early on, that I’ve been doing this for a long time, 25 years. And I’ve gone through political ideologies from Trump to McCain to Bush to Christie. And I can work in many circumstances for many different candidates and politicians. But a situation where — and I think over time I’ve built a pretty good — I hope — a good reputation for honesty and professionalism. And I didn’t think what was going on was necessarily honest or professional at the time. So that led me to walk away.

Edward K. Thompson