Rep. Liz Cheney said the “American people deserve to hear from Mr. Cipollone personally.”
As White House counsel, Pat Cipollone pushed against plans to undo the 2020 election, she said.
The House panel is “certain Donald Trump does not want Mr Cipollone to testify,” Cheney said.
Rep. Liz Cheney publicly called on former White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Tuesday to testify before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack, saying the panel had evidence that he was “trying to do something.” what was right” when President Donald Trump tried to undo the 2020 election.
“Our committee is confident that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify here,” said Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who is the vice chair of the House select committee. “Indeed, our evidence shows that Mr. Cipollone and his office were trying to do the right thing. They were trying to stop some of President Trump’s plans for Jan. 6.”
As he looked ahead to the upcoming hearings, Cheney said the public would hear testimony from other Trump White House officials explaining the steps Cipollone was taking to push back against the president.
She added, “We think the American people deserve to hear from Mr. Cipollone in person.”
Cheney’s comments came as the House selection committee closed its final hearing, highlighting Trump’s efforts to pressure lawmakers and other elected officials in key battlefield states to defy their oaths and go along with his plan to to undo the 2020 election results.
The hearing also included emotional testimony from Shaye Moss, a former Georgia election official who: said Trump’s false claims of voter fraud have dramatically disrupted her life by exposing her and her mother to death threats and other forms of harassment.
In her closing remarks Tuesday, Cheney said it was an “honor to spend time” with Moss and other witnesses who appeared, including the Secretary of State for Georgia. Brad Raffensperger† But from the podium of the hearing, Cheney called the more than 30 witnesses who “didn’t do what you did” and instead appealed their Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.
Cheney named Trump allies Roger Stone, Michael Flynn and conservative attorney John Eastman among the witnesses who invoked the Fifth Amendment in response to subpoenas from the House’s select committee.
During the commission’s public hearings so far, Cheney said the American people had heard recorded testimony from former Attorney General William Barr and other former top Justice Department officials “who stood up and did the right thing” in Trump’s face.
Cipollone’s status as the former top White House attorney complicates negotiations for him to testify at several key meetings where he told Trump and his allies that their various plans to undo the election results were illegal.
But Cheney’s comments nonetheless brought up the implied choice: Would Cipollone join Trump’s allies who refused to speak to the committee or recount his experience as Barr and other administration officials have?
“He should appear before this committee and we are working to secure this testimony,” she said.
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