The congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol has summoned Donald Trump’s former White House adviser to testify following revelations about his central role in the January 6 events. last.
The panel subpoena was issued to Pat Cipollone on Wednesday, a day after the former Trump adviser give testimony about bomb shells in which she accused Cipollone of being concerned about the legitimacy of the former president’s actions on January 6, 2021.
Bennie Thompson, Democratic chair and Republican vice chair Liz Cheney released a joint statement saying the committee needs to hear from Cipollone on the record.
“The Selection Committee investigation revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6 and the days before. there,” the statement read.
Cheney has made similar calls before, but her words have taken on more urgency since Tuesday’s testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a White House aide who described Cipollone as at the center of the events. lawsuit January 6.
Cipollone is a former commercial lawyer calculated trumpet as a client until the former president brought him into his administration in 2018 as a White House adviser.
He drew public attention during Trump’s first impeachment when he refuse to cooperate with the investigation, calling it “unfair” and “completely baseless”. He continued to serve as Trump’s chief legal officer in subsequent congressional hearings.
In a recent series of public hearings on US Capitol AttackCipollone is portrayed as one of the few people inside the White House willing to stand up to Trump.
The congressional committee investigating the events of that day was heard before from former administration officials say Cipollone helped convince Trump not to replace Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark at the Justice Department days before the riots.
Trump became frustrated with Rosen because he refused to support the former president’s false claims about election fraud and believed Clark would be more compliant.
The committee heard explosive testimony this week from Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows who served as Trump’s chief of staff during the final days of his administration.
Hutchinson told the committee that Cipollone had resisted Meadows’ suggestion that Trump go to the Capitol to join his supporters. According to her testimony, Cipollone said: “We would be charged with every crime imaginable if we made it happen.”
Hutchinson also said during the hearing that Cipollone angrily confronted Meadows when the riots broke out. “Mark, something needs to be done or people will die,” she told him. “Blood will flow on your hand.”
John Dean, a former White House adviser who became the star of the Watergate hearings in 1973 while testifying against his former boss Richard Nixon, also called for Cipollone to appear. “I think we need a Pat Cipollone moment,” he told CNN.
Cipollone did not respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, the Secret Service said it would respond to Hutchinson’s separate allegations that Trump had a conflict with their agents when he tried to force them to bring him to the Capitol.