Kinzinger told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on “New Day” that the subpoena likely indicates that the Justice Department investigation is “very interested” in what Trump did.
“I hope that Pat Cipollone is actually just telling the truth. I have no doubt that he is not. But there is no reason to defend particularly criminal behavior that may be criminal behavior behind executive privilege,” the Illinois Republican said. “So we’ll see where it goes. But there’s no doubt that this research has progressed beyond where we even knew it was or thought it was a few months ago.”
Cipollone and his attorneys are discussing a grand jury appearance, including how to handle issues of executive privilege, the source said.
“I think in terms of their negotiations, the Department of Justice obviously knows better what they can do when it comes to executive privilege. So I hope they’ll be, you know, smart about it,” Kinzinger said.
Cipollone testified last month in a closed-door interview with the Jan. 6 committee, and during its seventh public hearing, the committee played clips of him agreeing with other Trump officials that there was insufficient evidence of election fraud and saying he believed Trump should have conceded the election.
Kinzinger on Wednesday declined to elaborate on whether Jan. 6. the committee and the Justice Department are cooperating on Cipollone’s testimony to the panel.