Former Trump White House Attorney Pat Cipollone, quoted by the January 6 committee

Donald Trump’s former White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, was subpoenaed Wednesday for a statement by the House committee on Jan. 6.

“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6 and in the days preceding,” said the committee’s chairman and vice chairman, the Democrat. Mississippi Bennie Thompson and Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney. he said in a statement.

Cipollone and former White House Deputy Counsel Pat Philbin met with committee investigators for an informal interview in April.

Cipollone had been considering some form of cooperation with the committee, under certain restrictions, ABC News previously reported.

The new subpoena comes a day after Cipollone was repeatedly mentioned during Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimonywho was one of the top advisers to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, before and during the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.

Hutchinson told the committee during a Tuesday hearing that on the morning of Jan. 6, Cipollone insisted that Trump should not accompany supporters to Capitol Hill after addressing them at the Ellipse near the White House earlier that day.

“We will be charged with every crime imaginable if we make that move happen,” he recalled Cipollone telling him at the time.

An attorney familiar with Cipollone’s deliberations told ABC News in response to the committee’s announcement: “Of course a subpoena was necessary before the former White House counsel could even consider the transcribed testimony before the committee.”

PHOTO: Pat Cipollone attends a briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on March 29, 2020.

Pat Cipollone attends a briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on March 29, 2020.

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“Now that a citation has been issued, it will be evaluated as to what privilege issues might be appropriate,” the attorney said.

The committee had written in a letter to Cipollone along with his subpoena that they “continued to obtain evidence on which you are in a unique position to testify; however, you have refused to cooperate further with us.”

Cipollone was one of the few attendees who was with then-President Trump in the West Wing on Jan. 6. ABC News reported that in the days after the attack on Capitol Hill, he informed Trump that Trump could face civil liability in connection with his role in encouraging supporters to march on Capitol Hill.

Sources have said there would be a number of circumstances that could serve to complicate any eventual appearance by Cipollone, including the question of who is questioning him and for how long; if there are ongoing privilege issues; and whether Trump would approve of his appearance.

Cipollone also made clear his testimony would be limited to the effort by former top Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark to use Justice Department powers to further Trump’s attempts to nullify the 2020 presidential race, sources familiar with the matter said. the deliberations.

Both Cipollone and Philbin, his deputy, were part of an Oval Office meeting on Jan. 3, 2021, where Trump insisted on replacing then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Clark, a Trump loyalist who had promised to use the Department of Justice to investigate the election.

Cipollone and Philbin made it clear to Trump that they would resign if Clark took office, according to a Senate committee report released last year that detailed instances in which Trump and his allies tried to use the Justice Department to overturn the election.

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