Trump White Home Lawyer Pat Cipollone will seem earlier than the grand jury on Jan. 6

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A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Cassidy Hutchinson as a former aide to Trump’s White House aide Pat Cipollone. She was an associate of Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. The article has been corrected.

Former Trump White House Attorney Pat Cipollone appeared before a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and spent 2½ hours behind closed doors with jurors and prosecutors.

Cipollone became the senior White House adviser known to appear before the grand jury in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, including President Donald Trump’s actions involved in the siege of Congress culminated as lawmakers met to confirm President Biden’s 2020 election victory. Cipollone’s assistant attorney Pat Philbin was due to appear later Friday.

The two attorneys received federal grand jury subpoenas about four weeks ago for testimony and documents relating to that day and the events leading up to it, CNN first reported. Her expected Friday appearance was reported by ABC News, and was followed by July grand jury appearances by Marc Short, former chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence, and attorney Greg Jacob.

It wasn’t immediately clear what Cipollone or Philbin would discuss with the grand jury and whether their testimonies would avoid private communications from the President, which are usually at the privilege of executives and attorneys.

Cipollone and his attorney, Michael M. Purpura, entered federal courthouse in Washington just after 9:30 a.m. where they were greeted by chief federal attorney Thomas Windom and escorted to an elevator that led to the grand jury area. Cipollone left the building alone shortly after the grand jury left for lunch at noon.

Purpura is also representing Philbin, who entered the courthouse just before 12:30 p.m

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Cipollone was the lead White House counsel at the end of the Trump administration, and he has appeared in several public reports as a key witness and critic of talks the then-president was having with private attorneys and others in his inner circle who were allegedly wanted have Trump allies replaced with certified voters from some states won by Joe Biden; pressuring the Justice Department to falsely claim that the election was rigged with fraudulent ballots; or suggest the seizure of voting machines by the US Attorney General, Secretary of Defense or other federal officials.

In videotaped testimony played this summer at televised House hearings investigating the events leading up to the Capitol collapse, Cipollone told investigators that he strongly opposes efforts by Trump and outside advisers to reverse the election and that he was like Trump’s former Attorney General William P. Barr didn’t believe there was enough fraud to affect the outcome of Biden’s victory in any state.

For example, at a late night White House meeting on Dec. 18, 2020, which Cipollone called “insane,” he said campaign attorney Sidney Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn showed a “general disregard for what you actually say support with facts.” .”

Of the conspiracy-driven idea of ​​seizing voting machines, Cipollone recalled telling Powell, “I don’t see why we even have to tell you why that’s a bad idea, it’s a terrible idea for the country.”

Cipollone has also been described as opposing the sending of a letter to Georgia officials, written by attorney Jeffrey Bossert Clark, which falsely stated that the Justice Department had “identified significant concerns that may have affected the outcome of multiple state elections.”

Cipollone told Trump that Clark’s proposed letter was “a murder-suicide pact” that would “harm anyone who touches it,” according to then-Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue. In a call on Dec. 27, 2020, witnesses said Trump told acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen he wanted the department to say there had been significant voter fraud and said he was willing to oust Rosen and replace it with Clark to replace it was ready to make this claim.

“Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Trump said, according to notes from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Rosen.

Trump relented after Rosen, Donoghue and Cipollone refused, saying they and other top government attorneys would be stepping down en masse, participants said.

Cipollone earlier this year spent eight hours answering questions before the House committee on Jan. 6 after Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, described her boss as one of the last firewalls blocking Trump’s efforts to do so undermine election results.

She testified that Cipollone warned her on the morning of January 6 with words she paraphrased: “‘Please make sure we don’t go up to the Capitol, Cassidy. keep in touch with me We will be charged with every crime imaginable if we get this movement going.” ”

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