The U.S. House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Wednesday issued a subpoena to former White House adviser Pat Cipollone, who reportedly warned sharply about former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his election loss.
It is the first public move the committee has taken since receiving public testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the one-time junior aide who accused Trump of knowing his supporters were armed on Jan. 6 and demanded that he go to the United States Capitol that day. would be brought to the United States.
Cipollone, Trump’s top attorney in the White House, is said to have expressed concern about the former president’s efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat and threatened to resign at one point. The commission said it could have information about various attempts by Trump allies to undermine the Electoral College, from organizing so-called alternative voters in the states Biden won to trying to appoint a loyalist as an attorney. general pushing false theories about voter fraud.
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Cipollone was placed at key moments after the election by Hutchinson and by former Justice Department lawyers who appeared for a hearing the week before.
Hutchinson said Cipollone warned before Jan. 6 that there would be “serious legal concerns” if Trump went to the Capitol with the protesters expected to gather outside.
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On the morning of January 6, she testified, Cipollone reiterated his concern that if Trump went to the Capitol to try to intervene in the certification of the election, “we will be charged with every crime imaginable.”
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And as the uprising continued, she said she heard Meadows tell Cipollone that Trump was sympathetic to rioters who wanted to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence.
“You heard,” Meadows said to Cipollone, recalling her. “He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.”
Representatives Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee’s chair and vice chair, said in their letter to Cipollone that while he had previously given the committee an “informal interview” on April 13, , his refusal to give on-the-record testimony necessitated their subpoena.
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who sits on the committee, said last week that Cipollone told the committee he was trying to intervene when he learned that Trump was being advised by Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who has made false claims. wanted to commit voter fraud. Federal agents recently seized Clark’s cell phone and conducted a search of his Virginia home.
Clark had drafted a letter to key swingstates that was never sent, but allegedly falsely claimed that the department had discovered troubling election irregularities. Cipollone was quoted by a witness for telling Trump the letter was a “murder-suicide pact.”
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