Former Trump White House Adviser Pat Cipollone Gives Jan 6 Panel Testimony, New Info


Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel under President Donald Trump, arrives after a pause in an interview room in the Ford House Office Building as he answers questions from investigators with the Jan. 6 Select Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 8 , 2022.Gemunu Amarasinghe/The Associated Press

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone did not contradict the testimonies of past witnesses when he appeared before the Jan. 6 committee on Friday, a grueling one-day private session that yielded new information that would be revealed in future public hearings, a spokesperson said. legislator.

Cipollone was a much sought-after witness, especially after a bombshell statement that he was trying to prevent Donald Trump from contesting the 2020 election results and trying to prevent the defeated president from joining the violent mob besieging the Capitol, they said.

“He did not contradict the testimonies of other witnesses,” D-Calif. Representative Zoe Lofgren said on CNN late Friday.

Lofgren, a committee member, clarified that “not contradicting is not the same as affirming”. In some cases, the former White House attorney was not present at the events described or “couldn’t remember some details exactly,” she said.

“He was candid with the commission, he was careful in his answers,” Lofgren said. “And I think we’ve learned a few things, which we’ll be rolling out in the coming hearings.”

Cipollone’s pivotal role came into focus during a surprise commission hearing last week, as former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson described his repeated attempts to prevent Trump from joining the crowd at the Capitol.

In a stunning public hearing, Hutchinson testified that Cipollone warned her that Trump would be charged with “every crime imaginable” if the defeated president went to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election.

Hutchinson said Cipollone urged her to persuade her boss, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, not to let Trump go to the Capitol.

Hutchinson testified that she was told Trump was furious when he was eventually prevented by his security team from going to the Capitol that day. The Secret Service has disputed parts of her account describing Trump’s actions when she said he lashed out at the driver in the presidential motorcade.

At another key moment, Cipollone was also part of a meeting the Sunday before January 6 with Justice Department officials at the White House who threatened to resign if Trump went ahead with plans to appoint a new acting attorney general. General who would pursue his false claims of voter fraud.

At that meeting, Cipollone referred to a letter that Jeffrey Clark, the attorney who Trump wanted to install as head of the Justice Department, had suggested sending to Georgia and other battlefield states to challenge their election results as a “murder-suicide pact.” according to previous testimony to the panel.

Cipollone and his attorney, Michael Purpura, who also worked at the Trump White House, did not respond to requests for comment.

Cipollone was once a staunch presidential confidant who had defended Trump during his initial impeachment trial, but was reluctant to formally appear for an on-the-record interview. Like other former White House officials, it’s possible he claimed his counsel to the Republican president as privileged information he didn’t want to share with the committee.

Cipollone appeared before the panel and his investigators for about eight hours. Cipollone was subpoenaed to testify, but Lofgren said he appeared voluntarily.

“A grueling day,” she said. “But it was well worth it.”

Earlier this week, Trump responded to news of Cipollone’s partnership on his social media platform Truth Social, calling it bad for the country.

“Why would a prospective president of the United States want to have frank and important conversations with his White House counsel when he had even the slightest chance that this person, who is essentially acting as an ‘lawyer’ for the country, would brought to Congress a day before a partisan and openly hostile commission,” the former president said.

The panel said Cipollone is “in a unique position to testify” in a letter accompanying the subpoena issued last week.

“Mr. Cipollone has repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on Jan. 6 and in the days before,” said D-Miss. Chair Bennie Thompson in a statement. of Mr. Cipollone in our investigation, the committee should officially hear from him, as other former White House counsel have done in other congressional investigations.”

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