Despite the panel’s attempts to ask questions that would not have required such a response, former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone invoked executive privilege in his closed-door interview with the House select committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, according to a person familiar with the interview. Cipollone testified in front of the committee on Friday after being subpoenaed. Previously, Cipollone had previously voiced concerns to the committee on interview questions that would have compelled him to use executive privilege.
Although the panel’s discussion with Cipollone was fruitful, a representative for the House Select Committee informed CNN that no decision had been taken to limit any questions in order to avoid any problems with executive privilege. According to sources, the Jan. 6 panel did not expressly question Cipollone about Hutchinson’s testimony regarding the legal ramifications of visiting the Capitol during a disturbance.
Sources claim that the Jan. 6 panel did not specifically question Cipollone about Hutchinson’s testimony regarding the legal ramifications of visiting the Capitol during a riot.
“The Committee received critical testimony from Mr. Cipollone during our interview with him on almost every significant area of its inquiry, reiterating important details about Donald Trump’s misconduct and providing highly pertinent new information that will be a key component of its upcoming hearings. This includes data highlighting Donald Trump’s egregious neglect of duty. A significant portion of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony was also supported by the testimony. Allegations that Cipillone’s testimony would be constrained by a pre-interview agreement are wholly untrue “Tim Mulvey, a spokesman for the committee,
In a contentious hearing, Hutchinson, a former Mark Meadows aide who worked closely with then-President Donald Trump, spoke about her time at the White House in the days preceding and during the Capitol Hill incident. Hutchinson appeared before the January 6 committee last month. According to the source aware, the select committee also questioned Cipollone on Friday about possible pardons for the Trump family and whether Trump wants to pardon himself. According to the source, Cipollone told the committee that he didn’t think the 2020 election was rigged but that he still believes Trump committed the crime.
According to the source, Cipollone was also questioned by the committee regarding the pressure campaign directed at Mike Pence, who was vice president at the time, regarding his potential ability to delay certifying the results of the 2020 election while presiding over the joint session of Congress on January 6.
Three other people with knowledge of Cipollone’s testimony told CNN earlier on Friday that it was crucial and incredibly useful and that it will be clear in upcoming open committee hearings.
The conversation was captured on camera and might be played at upcoming hearings, such as the one on Tuesday that will examine the origins of the violent mob and the role of extremist organisations, as well as a hearing that hasn’t yet been scheduled on the 187 minutes that Trump remained silent as rioters overran the US Capitol.Zachary Cohen, Annie Grayer, and Ryan Nobles of CNN all contributed to this story.