The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone after public pleas for him to testify before the panel.
“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded,” Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney said in a statement.
“While the Select Committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s earlier informal engagement with our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations.”
“Any concerns Mr. Cipollone has about the institutional prerogatives of the office he previously held are clearly outweighed by the need for his testimony,” they added.
The subpoena follows testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a special assistant to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, that Cipollone raised legal concerns over former President Trump’s plans to march to the Capitol and that he repeatedly insisted the White House do more as the violent attack was unfolding at the Capitol.
Cipollone met with the committee’s investigators in April but did not sit for a formal recorded deposition.
Cipollone would be a big get for the committee and the second White House official to testify publicly.
He is also uniquely positioned to weigh in on Trump’s state of mind and his personal awareness of various schemes to keep him in power.
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