Pat Cipollone, Trump’s former White House attorney, subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee


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Former President Trump’s top White House attorney, Pat Cipollone, was subpoenaed on Wednesday to testify at the Jan. 6 committee hearings.

Cipollone reportedly raised concerns about the former president’s efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat and at one point threatened to resign.

FILE: White House Counsel Pat Cipollone listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 29, 2020, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The committee said it may have information on several efforts by Trump allies to overthrow the Electoral College.

Cipollone has been called a major player in behind-the-scenes discussions within the Trump team as the chaos unfolded, including testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday.

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Cipollone was placed in key moments after the election by Hutchinson as well as former Justice Department lawyers who appeared for a hearing the previous week.

Hutchinson said Cipollone warned before Jan. 6 that there would be “serious legal issues” if Trump went to the Capitol with the protesters expected to gather outside.

She testified that Cipollone reiterated his concerns on the morning of Jan. 6 that if Trump goes to the Capitol to try to intervene in the certification of the election, “we’re going to be charged with every crime imaginable.”

WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 28: Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Mark Meadows when he was White House chief of staff in the Trump administration, gestures toward his neck as she tells a story involving President Trump as the House Select Committee on January 6 holds a public hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 28: Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Mark Meadows when he was White House chief of staff in the Trump administration, gestures toward his neck as she tells a story involving President Trump as the House Select Committee on January 6 holds a public hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee’s chairman and vice-chairman, said in their letter to Cipollone that while he had previously granted the committee an “interview informal” on April 13, his refusal to provide official testimony made their subpoena necessary.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who sits on the committee, said last week that Cipollone told the committee he tried to intervene when he heard Trump was being advised by former public servant Jeffrey Clark. of the Department of Justice who wanted to make false statements. of electoral fraud. Federal agents recently seized Clark’s cell phone and conducted a search of his home in Virginia.

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Clark had drafted a letter for major swing states that was never sent, but allegedly falsely claimed the department uncovered troubling irregularities in the election. Cipollone was quoted by a witness as having told Trump that the letter was a “murder-suicide pact”.

Timothy HJ Nerozzi of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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