Federal grand jury subpoenas ex-Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone to investigate The attack on January 6 On US Capitol Island and the 2020 repeal effort. election, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told ABC News.
Sources told ABC News that Cipollone’s attorneys, like those on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, should begin negotiations on any semblance while weighing concerns about possible claims of executive privilege.
The move to arraign Cipollone points to a more dramatic move by the Justice Department on Jan. 6. escalating the investigation into the attack than previously known following the appearance of senior members of former Vice President Mike Pence’s staff before a grand jury. Two weeks ago.
Justice Department officials declined to comment when contacted by ABC News.
A Cipollone representative could not be reached for comment.
Last month, Cipollone spoke to the House of Representatives on Jan. 6. selection committee a long interview behind closed doorsportions of which were shown during the committee’s last two public hearings.
Cipollone spoke to the committee on a variety of topics, including how he wanted the then-president Donald Trump to do more to quell the riots on the day of the attack and how Cabinet secretaries planned to convene a meeting to discuss Trump’s decisions after the uprising.
Cipollone made clear in a video before the committee on Jan. 6 that he wanted Trump to intervene sooner, while the attack was ongoing.
“It was pretty clear to me that there needed to be an immediate and decisive response, a statement, a public statement that people need to leave the Capitol now,” Cipollone said.
Committee members also questioned Cipollone about discussions among Trump cabinet members about the 25th Amendment, which aims to potentially remove Trump from office, before the inauguration of President Joe Biden.