Pat Cipollone testifies in closed-door meeting with Jan. 6 committee

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone testified Friday at a closed-door interview with the House select committee investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot.

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Although Cipollone’s testimony took place behind closed doors, it was videotaped and it is widely expected that clips of his deposition will be played during the committee’s upcoming public hearings, as it has done with other former Trump administration officials, including former Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump, who worked in her father’s White House.

The testimony followed negotiations surrounding what Cipollone could be questioned about and a subpoena.

Multiple reports described Cipollone as a cooperative witness within the bounds of his agreement with the committee, which included some of the events he witnessed, including the attempted appointment of Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general, but excluded some direct conversations he had with then-President Donald Trump, citing what he argued was executive privilege.

Cipollone has also been referenced by several of the in-person or previously recorded committee witnesses, including former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified that Cipollone advised against permitting Trump to go to the Capitol on Jan. 6.

In a statement last month, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), chairman and vice chairwoman of the committee, respectively, said Cipollone “repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded.”

“While the Select Committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s earlier informal engagement with our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations,” the lawmakers said at the time. “Any concerns Mr. Cipollone has about the institutional prerogatives of the office he previously held are clearly outweighed by the need for his testimony.”

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The Jan. 6 committee is scheduled to resume its public hearings next week.

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