In interviews with CNN and Reuters, Grisham
said she was compiling a group that so far includes about 15 former Trump White
House staff. They include Olivia Troye, a former national security aide to
former Vice President Mike Pence, and Anthony Scaramucci, a New York
businessman who had a brief stint as Trump’s communications director, she said.
What influence the group could have is
unclear. Trump is supporting a handpicked group of Republican loyalists for
seats in the November 2022 congressional elections and pondering another run
for the White House in 2024.
More than half of Republicans believe the
election was “stolen” from Trump, despite the lack of any evidence,
Reuters polling shows.
“I can say that next week, a group of
former Trump staff are going to come together, administration officials are
going to come together, and we’re going to talk about how we can formally do
some things to try and stop him, and also the extremism, that kind of violence
and rhetoric that has been talked about and continues to divide our
country,” Grisham told CNN.
Grisham testified on Wednesday night before
the congressional committee investigating the Jan 6 attack on the US Capitol.
She did not elaborate on her testimony.
Grisham resigned as Melania Trump’s chief of
staff on the night of Jan 6, 2021, after Trump’s refusal to work to halt the
protesters’ attack on the Capitol that day. She had also been White House press
secretary for a year.
Even if no criminal charges are brought
against Trump, Grisham said, the committee “is going to show you know,
irrefutable proof that he was behind this.”
Grisham released a tell-all book last year
that criticised Trump and his entourage, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now:
What I Saw at the Trump White House.”