Inquiry into the attack on the Capitol | Trump attorney Pat Cipollone will testify

(Washington) Pat Cipollone, Donald Trump’s former White House counsel, is scheduled to testify Friday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, according to a source who has been briefed.

Posted at 12:30 p.m

Farnoush Amiri
Associated Press

Me Cipollone has been described as opposing Donald Trump’s plans to reverse his 2020 election defeat, making him a long-sought witness.

He was summoned by the select committee last week after weeks of public pressure.

The person with knowledge of the matter, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss private negotiations, said Mr Cipollone had agreed to appear before the committee for a private, transcribed interview.

As President Trump’s White House Counsel, Mr. Cipollone was in the West Wing on Jan. 6, 2021, attending key meetings in the tumultuous weeks after the election as Mr. Trump and his staff — including Republican lawmakers and attorney Rudy Giuliani — debated and plans forged to contest the election results.

The announcement of Mr Cipollone’s future performance follows last week’s shock statement by Cassidy Hutchinson. Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ assistant gave the committee a gripping account of what she had seen and heard over the past few weeks, and presented lawmakers with what arguably the best way to ensure that Mr. Trump or some of his allies criminal consequences arise.

Mr. Cipollone is said to have vehemently and repeatedly warned the President and his allies about their efforts to contest the election results and threatened to resign as Mr. Trump contemplated a major upheaval in the upper echelons of the Justice Department.

A witness said Mr Cipollone described a proposed letter making false allegations of voter fraud as a “murder-suicide pact”. Another witness claimed Mr Cipollone warned her that Mr Trump risked committing “every crime imaginable” if he visited the Capitol on Jan. 6.

But while his interview with the committee could prove revealing, it’s unclear whether Mr Cipollone will try to narrow down what he’s willing to talk about. As the government’s chief attorney, he could argue that some or all of his conversations with Mr. Trump are protected by attorney-client privilege.

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