House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday announced that the panel has subpoenaed former White House Counsel Pasquale “Pat” Cipollone for deposition testimony as a part of the committee’s investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded,” Tompson and Cheney said in a statement.
“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. Any concerns Mr. Cipollone has about the institutional prerogatives of the office he previously held are clearly outweighed by the need for his testimony.”
Cipollone previously spoke with the committee privately and on a voluntary basis during an informal interview on April 13. The committee says he has since failed to cooperate further.
“The select committee has continued to obtain evidence about which you are uniquely positioned to testify,” reads the committee’s letter notifyingCipollone of the subpoena.
“Unfortunately, however, you have declined to cooperate with us further, including by providing on-the-record testimony. We are left with no choice but to issue this subpoena.”
“As we heard yesterday, WH counsel Pat Cippollone 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,” Cheney wrote on Twitter Wednesday.