January 6 Committee Summons Ex-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol has issued a subpoena ordering former Trump White House adviser Pat Cipollone to testify in a statement set on July 6.

Mr. Cipollone, who served as former President Donald Trump’s top attorney in the White House from 2019 until the end of his term in 2021, met with committee investigators for an informal interview on April 13, but has so far made repeated requests for a denounce statement from him or testify in a public hearing.

In a statement, select committee chair Bennie Thompson and Vice-Chairman Liz Cheney said the panel’s year-long investigation has revealed evidence that Mr Cipollone has “repeatedly voiced legal and other concerns” about Mr Trump’s actions. before and during the attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

“While the Select Committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s previous informal involvement in our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him officially, as other former White House counsel have done in other congressional investigations,” they wrote.

Mr. Thompson and Ms. Cheney added that “any concerns Mr. Cipollone has about the institutional prerogatives of the office he previously held” – a reference to possible claims that his testimony is precluded by executive privilege – “is clearly outweighed by the necessity of his testimony”.

White House attorney Pat Cipollone listens as President Donald Trump speaks at a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House rose garden, March 29, 2020 in Washington

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In a letter to Mr. Cipollione, Mr. Thompson and Ms. Cheney said the committee’s investigation has “provided credible evidence” that the former White House attorney has information about matters “which are within the scope of the select committee’s investigation.” such as “former President Trump’s awareness of and involvement in activities undertaken to undermine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, including the submission of counterfeit ballots to Congress…”.

“The Select Committee has continued to gather evidence about which you are in a unique position to testify; unfortunately, however, you have declined to continue working with us, including by providing on-the-record testimony. We have no choice but to issue this subpoena,” she added.

The panel’s decision to coerce Mr. Cipollone’s testimony comes just over a day after a former Trump White House aide gave a bombshell statement claiming he was one of the aides Mr. Trump endorses. heard talk of rioters storming the Capitol as they called for vice President Mike Pence to be hanged for his refusal to cooperate in the president’s efforts to illegally reverse his 2020 election defeat to Joe Biden.

Ms. Hutchinson recalled seeing Cipollone, the top White House attorney who had warned Trump against traveling to the Capitol, run “down the hall” to Mr Meadows’ office, open the door, and see the White House chief of staff. House had told the two of them had to see the president because rioters had breached the Capitol’s defenses.

“Mark looked up and said, ‘[Mr Trump] don’t want to do anything,” she said.

In a separate videotaped excerpt from the statement, she told investigators that Mr. Cipollone returned a short time later, accompanied by a deputy sheriff, Eric Herschmann.

“I remember Pat saying something along the lines of ‘Mark, we need to do more. They are literally calling for the Vice President… [f***ing] hung up,” she recalls.

She said Mr Meadows responded by telling the two attorneys that Mr Trump said “Mike deserves it,” adding that Mr Trump didn’t think the rioters were doing anything wrong.

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