Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone appeared before the House Jan. 6 committee for a marathon interview Friday, sitting for more than seven hours of questions.
Cipollone, who panel vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has repeatedly described as a critical witness, joined the committee for a videotaped and transcribed closed-door interview around 8:45 a.m. ET, and left shortly before 5:30 p.m., taking numerous breaks with his attorneys throughout the day. He was in the deposition room for about seven-and-a-half hours.
“He’s been a cooperative witness within the parameters of his desire to protect executive privilege for the office of general counsel,” a source familiar with the first part of his testimony said earlier Friday.
The panel subpoenaed Cipollone late last month after bombshell testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to then-President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, detailed the lawyer’s efforts to rein in Trump on Jan. 6 and the days preceding it. [Continue reading…]