Trump’s White House attorney Pat Cipollone has reached an agreement with the Jan. 6 committee to participate in a transcribed interview behind closed doors on Friday, multiple sources told CNN.
Cipollone will appear under subpoena. A source familiar with his thoughts said Cipollone intended to comply with the subpoena issued on June 29 for a July 6 interview, and that it was extended until July 8. The interview will be on video, two of the sources told CNN.
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Cipollone, who many former administration officials credit with helping stop then-President Donald Trump from taking legally questionable actions in the months surrounding the 2020 presidential election, has long was considered a key witness by the committee. He resisted speaking further with the committee after already sitting for a closed-door interview on April 13.
The New York Times first reported that Cipollone would testify behind closed doors on Friday.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
CNN previously reported before the interview began that topics would be limited to specific topics to avoid privilege issues, a lawyer familiar with Cipollone’s thinking told CNN.
The committee said in its subpoena letter that it obtained evidence that Cipollone was “in a unique position to testify,” but that he “refused to cooperate” after that interview, leaving the panel “no ‘alternative’ to issuing the summons. In recent public hearings, panel members publicly pressured Cipollone to testify.
Democratic Rep. Mississippi Bennie Thompson, panel chair, and Republican Rep. Wyoming Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the panel, said in a statement after issuing the subpoena that “the select committee’s investigation revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal questions and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6 and in the days leading up to it.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat who is also a committee member, previously told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360” that the panel was willing to resolve privilege issues with Cipollone to facilitate her testimony.
Lofgren said there were “a number of things he could tell the committee that would not be subject to privilege.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Wednesday.