The U.S. House committee investigating the January 6 insurgency on Wednesday issued a subpoena to former White House adviser Pat Cipollone, who reportedly warned sharply about former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his election loss.
It is the first public move the committee has taken since receiving public testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the one-time junior aide who accused Trump of knowing his supporters were armed on Jan. 6 and demanded that he go to the United States Capitol that day. would be brought to the United States.
Cipollone, Trump’s top attorney in the White House, is said to have expressed concern about the former president’s efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat and threatened to resign at one point. The commission said it could have information on several Trump allies’ attempts to undermine the electoral college, including organizing so-called “alternative voters” in states that Joe Biden won.
Cipollone was placed at key moments after the election by Hutchinson and by former Justice Department lawyers who appeared for a hearing the week before.
Hutchinson said Cipollone warned before Jan. 6 that there would be “serious legal concerns” if Trump went to the Capitol when protesters were expected to gather outside.
On the morning of Jan. 6, she testified, Cipollone reiterated his concern that if Trump went to the Capitol to try to intervene in the certification of the election, “we will be charged with every crime imaginable.”
And as the uprising continued, she said she heard Meadows tell Cipollone that Trump was sympathetic to rioters who wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence.
“You heard,” Meadows told Cipollone, recalling her. “‘He [Trump] thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.'”
Representatives Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, the committee’s chair and vice chair, respectively, said in their letter to Cipollone that although he had previously given the committee an “informal interview” on April 13, his refusal to provide on-the-record testimony made their summons necessary.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who is also on the committee, said last week that Cipollone told the committee that he was trying to intervene when he learned Trump was being advised by Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who has made false claims of to push voter fraud. † Federal agents recently seized Clark’s cell phone and conducted a search of his Virginia home.
Clark had drafted a letter to key swingstates that was never sent, but allegedly falsely claimed that the department had discovered troubling election irregularities. Cipollone was quoted by a witness for telling Trump the letter was a “murder-suicide pact.”