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Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone leaves the Capitol following defense arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in 2020.

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Trump attorney Pat Cipollone will testify before the January 6 committee on Friday : NPR

Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone leaves the Capitol following defense arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in 2020.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone, a critical figure in Trump’s final White House days, will testify before the House Select Committee behind closed doors on Friday, according to sources familiar with the committee’s work.

The committee issued a subpoena to Cipollone last month after publicly begging him to appear. He has already spoken to Cipollone in an informal interview.

“Our evidence shows that Mr. Cipollone and his office tried to do the right thing. They tried to stop a number of President Trump’s plans for January 6.e“, said the vice-chairman of the committee, Liz Cheney, during a hearing last month.

A committee aide declined to comment on Friday’s meeting.

In a letter to Cipollone regarding the subpoena, Chairwoman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, wrote that the committee would like to speak to her about a number of issues, including Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, a scheme to submit fake ballots, attempted replacement of Justice Department leadership, and attempts to directly interfere with congressional activities on January 6, 2021.

So far, testimony at hearings has shown that Cipollone was present at key times in the build-up to January 6 and the day of the attack:

  • Former Justice Department officials said he worked to intervene and prevent Trump from replacing the leadership of the department with Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark, who offered to send a letter falsely alleging fraud in the election that Cipollone called a “murder-suicide pact”. according to former DOJ official Steven Engel.
  • Former Trump campaign aide Jason Miller said Cipollone confronted attorney John Eastman over his theory that Vice President Mike Pence could unilaterally halt the voter count.
  • During a bombshell hearing with former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, Cipollone was described as trying to stop Trump from making a planned trip to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and pleading to have him call off the riot once she began, calling the violence a life or death situation.

Cipollone was a key defender for Trump during his first impeachment trial. He previously served in government during William Barr’s first stint as head of the Justice Department in the early 1990s. He served with Barr and conservative legal icon Leonard Leo as directors of the Catholic Information Center , affiliated with the conservative Opus Dei movement, as NPR reported at the time of the first impeachment trial. As White House counsel under Trump, he also played a pivotal role in judicial appointments, including the Supreme Court’s confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett just before the 2020 election.

The committee recently announced that its next scheduled hearing will be on Tuesday. It will focus on the crowds and rioters who stormed the Capitol, including far-right groups such as the Proud Boys. The hearing will be the seventh in the panel’s series on its months-long investigation into the deadly insurgency on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 and the events leading up to it.

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