As the Capitol riot investigation proceeds, the US House subpoenas the ex-WH counsel

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WASHINGTON: The US House select committee looking into the January 2021 Capital incident has summoned former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

“The Select Committee’s inquiry has discovered evidence that Mr. Cipollone frequently voiced legal and other concerns about” Donald Trump’s activities on January 6, 2021, and in the days before, according to a statement released late Wednesday.

The Select Committee recognises Mr. Cipollone’s earlier informal cooperation with our inquiry and respects it, but it is imperative that he speak to the committee publicly, as other former White House attorneys have in previous Congresses.

The 56-year-old Cipollone served as Trump’s legal counsel from December 2018 to January 2021. He apparently declined to provide a formal recorded deposition despite meeting with the committee’s investigators in April.

The committee met the day before the subpoena was issued, according to a former White House aide who gave testimony at a well-known public hearing. Cassidy Hutchinson, an assistant to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, provided testimony regarding the Capitol altercation on Tuesday.

Hutchinson testified before the committee that when Trump was informed he couldn’t drive his supporters to the Capitol that day, Trump tried to grab hold of the wheel of the Secret Service vehicle.