Trump WH Lawyer Cipollone Gives 1/6 Testimony, New Information

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone “did not contradict” the testimony of previous witnesses during his Friday appearance before the Jan. 6 committee, a grueling day-long private session that produced new information to be disclosed in future public hearings, a lawmaker said.

Cipollone was a very wanted witness, especially after explosive testimony that he tried to stop Donald Trump from contesting the 2020 election results and worked to stop the defeated president from joining the violent mob that besieged the Capitol, they said.

“He did not contradict the testimony of other witnesses,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, said Friday night on CNN.

Lofgren, a member of the committee, clarified that “not contradicting is not the same as confirming”. In some cases, the former White House attorney was not present for the events described or “could not accurately recall” certain details, she said.

“He was candid with the committee, he was careful in his responses,” Lofgren said. “And I think we’ve learned a few things, which we’re going to roll out in future hearings.”

Cipollone’s pivotal role was highlighted in a surprise committee hearing last week when former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson describes his repeated efforts to prevent Trump from joining the crowd on Capitol Hill.

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, trying to prevent the certification of the election of Joe Biden.

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 he was told Trump was angry when he was eventually prevented by his security team from going to the Capitol that day. The Secret Service disputed parts of her account detailing Trump’s actions when she said he attacked the driver of the presidential motorcade.

At another key moment, Cipollone was also part of a meeting the Sunday before Jan. 6 with Justice Department officials at the White House threatening to resign if Trump goes ahead with plans to install a new prosecutor. acting general who would pursue his false allegations of electoral fraud.

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During that meeting, Cipollone referred to a letter that Jeffrey Clark, the lawyer Trump wanted to install as head of the Justice Department, had offered to send to Georgia and other states in the field. battle challenging their election results as a “murder-suicide pact”, according to previous jury testimony.

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

Once a staunch presidential confidant who defended Trump during his first impeachment trial, Cipollone was reluctant to appear officially for an official interview. Like other former White House officials, he may have claimed his advice to the Republican president as inside information that he was unwilling to share with the committee.

Cipollone appeared for approximately eight hours before the panel and its investigators. Cipollone was subpoenaed for his testimony, but Lofgren said he appeared voluntarily.

“An exhausting day,” she said. “But it was worth it.”

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

“Why would a future President of the United States want to have frank and important conversations with his lawyer in the White House if he thought there was even a slim chance that this person, essentially acting as a “lawyer “for the country, may one day be brought before a committee that is partisan and openly hostile to Congress,” the former president said.

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

“Mr. Cipollone has repeatedly raised legal and other concerns regarding President Trump’s activities on January 6 and in the days leading up to it,” President Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement. that the select committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s prior informal engagement in our investigation, the committee needs to hear it formally, as other former White House attorneys have done in other congressional investigations.”


Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.


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