Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone

Cassidy Hutchinson testified Wednesday that he was a major figure involved in Jan. 6

Updated: June 29, 2022 - 7:43pm

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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Pasquale "Pat" Cipollone after former White House aid Cassidy Hutchinson testified Wednesday that he was a major figure involved in Jan. 6.

The Select committee plans to ask Cipollone about "former President Trump's awareness of and involvement in" changing the outcome of the 2020 election, Jan. 6 panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote in a letter to Cipollone on Wednesday.

The Democrat-led committee specifically wants to know about "the submission of fake electoral ballots to Congress and the executive branch, the attempted appointment of Jeffrey Clark as acting Attorney General, and efforts to interfere with the Congressional certification of the electoral results," Thompson explained, adding that "credible evidence" shows Cipollone has this information.

After Hutchinson's surprise testimony, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) tweeted: "As we heard yesterday, WH counsel Pat Cippollone [sic] had significant concerns re. Trump’s Jan 6 activities. It’s time for Mr. Cippollone to testify on the record. Any concerns he has about the institutional interests of his prior office are outweighed by the need for his testimony."

Hutchinson, an aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, claimed Cipollone warned Trump to not go with "Stop the Steal" rally participants to the U.S. Capitol. 

As the rioters entered the building, Cipollone told Meadows, according to Hutchinson: "Mark, something needs to be done. People are going to die and the blood’s going to be on your f****** hands."

Trump denied Hutchinson's claims in a series of scathing Truth Social posts during the hearing.

Cipollone voluntarily spoke to the committee in an informal interview in April, but he has declined to testify further on the record. 

"We are left with no choice but to issue you this subpoena," Thompson said.

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