Trump’s Ex-White House Counsel Pat Cipollone Testifies to Jan. 6 Committee

Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone “did not contradict” the testimony of previous witnesses when he appeared before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack on Friday, said Representative Zoe Lofgren.

Lofgren, a Democratic congressman and panel member, told CNN the committee also “learned a few things” after interviewing Cipollone for nearly eight hours.

The congresswoman said details of Cipollone’s testimony would come out in upcoming hearings.

Lofgren noted that Cipollone appeared voluntarily and said he answered various questions in a frank, careful and honest manner.

However, she noted that just because he didn’t contradict previous testimonies doesn’t mean he confirmed everything, especially Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony.

Lofgren said there were situations in which Cipollone was either not present or “couldn’t remember accurately”.

Cipollone, a wanted witness for the panel, reportedly expressed concerns about then-President Donald Trump’s actions around January 6 and resisted plans to void the 2020 election.

Cipollone was subpoenaed by the panel last week following Hutchinson’s testimony, having previously spoken with the committee in an informal interview in April.

Hutchinson said in his testimony that Cipollone warned that Trump would be charged with “every crime imaginable” if he went to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, along with thousands of protesters.

It was reported earlier this month that Cipollone was in talks to testify publicly about the riot. He said his testimony revolved around Jeffrey Clark, a former senior Justice Department official who used his position to help Trump’s efforts to reportedly nullify the 2020 election.

Legal experts previously told Insider’s Camila DeChalus that Cipollone’s first-hand account of whether Trump knew he was potentially engaging in criminal activity could bolster a case against him by the Justice Department. .

Trump criticized Cipollone’s testimony before the panel, arguing that it could discourage future presidents from having “frank” conversations with a White House attorney.

“Why would a future President of the United States want to have frank and important conversations with his lawyer in the White House if he thought there was even a slim chance that this person, essentially acting as a “lawyer “for the country, may one day stand before a partisan and openly hostile congressional committee,” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, on Wednesday.

“Too bad for the United States! he said.

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