January 6 committee subpoenas ex-White House counsel Pat CiPO

Cipollone, who many former administration officials credit with helping prevent Trump from taking legally questionable actions in the months surrounding the 2020 presidential election, has long been considered a key witness by the committee. . He resisted speaking further with the committee after previously participating in a closed-door interview.

In recent public hearings, panel members publicly pressured Cipollone to testify. The committee now makes the decision to issue a subpoena in an attempt to force his formal cooperation.

Democratic Rep. Mississippi Bennie Thompson, panel chair, and Republican Rep. Wyoming Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the panel, said in a statement that “the select committee’s investigation uncovered evidence that Mr. Cipollone has repeatedly raised legal and other concerns regarding President Trump’s activities on January 6 and in the days leading up to it.”

“While the select committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s prior informal engagement in our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him formally, as other former White House attorneys have done in other congressional investigations.” , continued the two men. “All of Mr. Cipollone’s concerns about the institutional prerogatives of the position he previously held are clearly outweighed by the need for his testimony.”

Witnesses who testified before the panel repeatedly mentioned Cipollone as someone who can shed light on key events inside the Trump White House before, January 6, 2021, and after.
Shortly after rioters burst into the U.S. Capitol, Cipollone rushed into the office of then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, demanding a meeting with Trump, Meadows’ aide said, Cassidy Hutchinson, at the January 6 committee this week.

“I remember Pat saying something like, ‘The rioters have arrived at the Capitol. We need to get down and see the president now,'” Hutchinson said in a videotaped interview.

“And Mark looked up at him and said, ‘He doesn’t want to do anything, Pat,'” she said.

Cipollone, Hutchinson added, stressed to Meadows the need for action to control the situation at Meadows. She said Cipollone “very clearly said this to Mark – something like, ‘Mark, something has to be done or people are going to die and the blood is going to be on your fucking hands. It’s coming out of control. I’m going over there.'”

Meadows then handed his phones over to Hutchinson and walked out of his office with Cipollone, Hutchinson told the committee.

Cheney tweeted on Wednesday ahead of the subpoena announcement that “As we heard yesterday, WH attorney Pat Cipollone had significant concerns regarding Trump’s activities on Jan. 6. It’s time to Mr. Cipollone to testify formally. Any concerns he has regarding the institutional interests of his prior office outweigh the necessity of his testimony.”

This story is broken and will be updated.

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