Former President Donald Trump’s White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, will testify before the Jan. 6 committee during a closed-door session on Friday. Cipollone will give testimony before the panel investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, sitting for a videotaped, transcribed interview. The committee subpoenaed Cipollone last week; they have been eager to hear testimony from the former White House counsel, primarily due to his access to Trump and his objecting to Trump’s efforts to overturn Biden’s victory.
Panel Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Rep. Liz Chaney said in a joint statement last month: “The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on Jan. 6th and in the days that preceded. The committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations.”
According to witnesses, Cipollone voiced objections to Trump floating the idea of seizing of voting machines after he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. Other witnesses have testified that Cipollone constantly clashed with Trump and others in his administration over the efforts to nullify Biden’s electoral win, which directly led to the attack at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
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