Esme Cribb

Esme Cribb is a newswriter for TPM in New York City. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at esme@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill pressed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) on Tuesday at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on what he would do if Trump asked him to issue false data.

McCaskill, who is ranking member of the committee, asked Mulvaney if he would resign in such a situation.

Mulvaney, who is President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, said that he believes "very firmly in real numbers."

"My job is to tell the President the truth. My job is to tell you the truth,” he said.

"What if he tells you to say something other than the truth. Do you resign at that point?” McCaskill asked.

"I don't imagine the President of the United States would tell me to lie,” Mulvaney said.

“I beg your pardon!” McCaskill said, raising her voice. "He told Sean Spicer to go out there and say things that were demonstrably untrue.”

“My value in this job is my credibility when it comes to numbers,” Mulvaney said. "I don’t plan on exposing myself to claims of hypocrisy."

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