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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, former WH counsel


White House Counsel Pat Cipollone waits for his automotive as he leaves the Capitol after attending the Senate Republicans lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 revolt issued a subpoena Wednesday to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been linked to meetings wherein lawyers debated strategies to overturn former President Donald Trump’s election loss.

The committee said that it required Cipollone’s testimony after obtaining other evidence about which he was “uniquely positioned to testify.”

Cipollone, who was Trump’s top White House lawyer, is alleged to have raised concerns concerning the former president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat and at one point threatened to resign. The committee said he could have details about several of efforts by Trump allies to subvert the Electoral College, from organizing so-called “alternate electors” in states Biden won to attempting to appoint a loyalist who pushed false theories of voter fraud as attorney general.

The subpoena got here someday after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson provided recent details about Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6, 2021, when 1000’s of his supporters marched on the U.S. Capitol and broke inside to disrupt the certification of his loss to President Joe Biden.

Hutchinson said Cipollone warned prior to Jan. 6 that there could be “serious legal consequences” if Trump went to the Capitol with the protesters expected to rally outside.

The morning of Jan. 6, she testified, Cipollone restated his concerns that if Trump did go to the Capitol to attempt to intervene within the certification of the election, “we will get charged with every crime possible.”

Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, the chairman and vice chairman of the committee, said of their letter to Cipollone that while he had previously given the committee an “informal interview” on April 13, his refusal to supply on-the-record testimony made their subpoena needed.

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