Former Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone Gets Jan. 6 Subpoena

The House January 6 committee is demanding Pat Cipollone answer the panel’s questions, saying the former Trump White House counsel is “uniquely positioned to testify” about recently obtained evidence.

The committee on Wednesday subpoenaed Cipollone, who served as key legal advisor to former President Donald Trump and previously resisted the committee’s requests. However, the committee is now seeking to compel testimony from Cipollone in response to evidence that he allegedly sought to rein in Trump from taking potentially illegal actions in the final days of his presidency.

Representative Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the committee, said in a letter to Cipollone that the congressional inquiry has turned to Trump’s alleged plot to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election and how the then-president reportedly sought toappoint Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general.

“Our investigation has revealed credible evidence that you have information concerning these and other issues within the scope of the Select Committee’s inquiry,” Thompson wrote in the letter.

Cipollone previously sat for an informal interview with the committee on April 13, according to the letter, but now the committee seeks a deposition.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone at Hearing
The House January 6 committee has subpoenaed Pat Cipollone, saying the former White House counsel to ex-President Donald Trump is “uniquely positioned to testify” about new evidence. Above, Cipollone listens as then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020.
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