Pat Cipollone, the top legal advisor to former President Trump in the White House, received a subpoena on Wednesday to appear before the committee on January 6, Fox News informed.
According to reports, Cipollone expressed reservations about the former president’s attempts to reverse his loss in the 2020 election and even made a resignation threat at one time.
He might know something about repeated attempts by Trump loyalists to manipulate the Electoral College, according to the committee.
Cipollone has been described as a key participant in the Trump team’s behind-the-scenes negotiations as the pandemonium developed, particularly in the testimony of former White House adviser Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday.
Hutchinson and former Justice Department attorneys who showed up for a hearing the previous week have both placed Cipollone in crucial circumstances following the election.
Prior to January 6, Cipollone, according to Hutchinson, issued a warning, stating that there would be “severe legal difficulties” if Trump visited the Capitol while the scheduled protesters’ event was in progress.
She testified that Cipollone reiterated his worries on the morning of January 6 that “they will be charged with every felony imaginable” if Trump did travel to the Capitol to try to interfere with the certifying the election.
While Cipollone had previously given the committee a “informal interview” on April 13, the chairman and vice chairman of the committee, Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., stated in their letter to Cipollone that his unwillingness to give on-the-record testimony made their subpoena necessary.
The committee’s chairman, Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., stated last week that Cipollone testified to the group that he attempted to step in when he learned that Trump was receiving advice from Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice official who sought to promote bogus allegations of voter fraud.
Recently, federal officials performed a search in the home of Clark in Virginia and seized his phone.
Although it was never sent, Clark wrote a letter for important swing states that would have falsely mentioned that the Justice Department had found some troubling irregularities in the election.
One witness cited Cipollone as saying to Trump that the letter was a “murder-suicide pact”