Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone gave a private but recorded interview before the Jan. 6 committee on Friday as the House panel continues to make its case against former President Donald Trump and his plans to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election.
The conservative lawyer who defended Trump during his first impeachment trial, was on Capitol Hill to testify about his role in trying to prevent his boss from challenging the 2020 presidential results and joining the violent mob that attacked Capitol Hill.
Cipollone had been a sought-after witness after Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony revealed the former counsel’s apparently desperate and last-ditch efforts to prevent Trump’s actions. The panel was told he warned the defeated president would be charged with “every crime imaginable” if he went to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, trying to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election.
Although subpoenaed for his testimony, Cipollone was being a “cooperative witness” according to NBC News.
The next hearing is set for Tuesday morning and will focus on the role of right-wing extremists in the planning and execution of the attack on the Capitol.
Another session is expected to examine Trump’s failure to take action to end the riot in real-time.
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 candid and important conversations with his White House Counsel if he thought there was even a small chance that this person, essentially acting as a “lawyer” for the Country, may someday be brought before a partisan and openly hostile Committee in Congress,” the former president said.
With News Wire Services