Jan 6 panel subpoenas Trump’s former White House counsel Pat Cipollone for ‘on the record’ testimony
Jan 6 panel sues Trump’s former White House adviser Pat Cipollone for ‘on the record’ testimony about him ‘repeatedly voiced legal concerns’ about Trump’s actions on the day of the Capitol riots
- Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone was subpoenaed to give public testimony before the Jan. 6 select committee on Wednesday.
- Panel claimed they “revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly expressed legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on Jan. 6.”
- Comes after Cipollone ‘refused to cooperate’ with panel after going behind closed doors for informal off-the-record interview
Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone faces a subpoena for “on the record” testimony before the Jan. 6 select committee, the panel announced Wednesday night.
“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone has repeatedly expressed legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on Jan. 6 and in the days prior to that,” Panel Chair Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Republican, said in a joint statement about the subpoena.
“While the select committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s previous informal involvement in our investigation, the committee must hear from him officially, as other former White House counsel have done in other congressional investigations,” she added in Wednesday’s statement. .
“Any concern Mr. Cipollone has about the institutional prerogatives of the office he previously held clearly outweighs the need for his testimony.”
The Jan. 6 select committee on Wednesday subpoenaed former White House adviser Pat Cipollone (pictured) to give public testimony after he revealed evidence during the investigation that he “repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on Jan. 6 and had uttered in the days before’
Cipollone served as White House counsel for former President Donald Trump from December 2018 until the end of his term in January 2021.
The attorney attended last January’s meeting at the White House, where he reportedly argued against Trump’s proposal to replace Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, who was kinder to the then-president’s claims about election fraud.
‘Pat pretty much saved Rosen’s job that day,’ Trump White House official said told The Washington Post in an article published two days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Although Cipollone has worked informally with the select committee, he is now called upon to come forward with the panel.
A person familiar with Cipollone’s deliberations told a New York Times reporter on Wednesday that “of course a subpoena was needed before the former White House attorney could even consider a transcribed testimony for the committee.”
“Pat Cipollone has previously given an informal interview at the request of the commission,” the source said. “Now that a subpoena has been issued, it will be assessed which privileges apply.”
In a letter to Cipollone, the panel said it is seeking more information on what the former White House counsel knows about “Trump’s awareness and involvement in activities undertaken to undermine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.”
They also allege that after speaking to the panel behind closed doors in an off-the-record session, Cipollone “refused to continue working with us.”
In the letter demanding Cipollone’s public testimony, the panel said he “refused to cooperate” with the panel after going behind closed doors for an informal interview.