The Department of Justice summons Pat Cipollone, Donald Trump’s former lawyer in the White House
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A federal grand jury subpoenaed Pat Cipolloneformer White House lawyer donald trumpin his research on the January 6 assault on the Capitol and efforts to nullify the 2020 electionsources with direct knowledge of the matter told ABC News.
CNN first reported the summons to Pat Cipollone to appear before a grand jury.
The move to Cipollone’s subpoena in the Justice Department investigation signals an even more dramatic escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6 attack than previously known, following lAppearances by Senior Staff Members of Former Vice President Mike Pence Before the Grand Jury two weeks ago.
Last month, Cipollone spoke before the House select committee on Jan. 6 for a lengthy, closed-door interview, portions of which have been shown during two of the committee’s most recent public hearings.
Cipollone spoke to the committee about a number of issues, including how he wanted then-President Donald Trump to do more to quell the unrest on the day of the attack, and how cabinet secretaries contemplated calling a meeting to discuss Trump’s decision-making afterward. of the insurrection.
Patrick Philbin was also subpoenaed to testify and provide documents before the grand jury, one of the sources told CNN. Philbin worked in the White House Counsel’s Office under Pat Cipollone.
Executive privilege will play a role in discussions of Philbin’s grand jury testimony, as it has with the recent grand jury testimony of Pat Cipollone and vice presidential advisers Marc Short and Greg Jacob.
Philbin and Cipollone were key witnesses to Donald Trump’s actions in the final days of his presidency.
Cipollone repeatedly rejected efforts to nullify the 2020 election and, according to a Senate Judiciary Committee report, he and Philbin opposed a proposal to replace the attorney general with someone willing to investigate false claims of voter fraud.
The Senate committee report says that both Philbin and Cipollone indicated they would resign if that plan was executed.
During Cipollone’s testimony before the House committee investigating on January 6, he stated that he was joined on January 6 by several senior advisers to Donald Trump, including Philbin, in pressing the former president to issue a strong condemnation of the attack on the Capitol.
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