In recorded testimony played during Monday's Jan. 6 House select committee hearing, former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told investigators that he 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 that point in time."
ZOE LOFGREN: Clip 15.
- OK, it was important for you, Mr. Stepien, to sort of pull back, just for your own professional reputation. You didn't want to be associated with some of what you were hearing from the Giuliani team and others that sort of stepped in in the wake of your departure?
BILL STEPIEN: I didn't mind being categorized. There were two groups of them. We called them kind of my team and Rudy's team. I didn't mind being characterized as being part of Team Normal, as reporters kind of started to do around that point in time. You know, I said hours ago, early on, that I've been doing this for a long time, 25 years.
And I've spanned political ideologies from Trump to McCain to Bush to Christie, you know, and I can work under a lot of circumstances for a lot of varied candidates and politicians. But a situation where-- and I think along the way, I've built up a pretty good-- I hope a good reputation for being honest and professional. And I didn't think what was happening was necessarily honest or professional at that point in time. So yeah, that led to me stepping away.