Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify after he was quoted at explosive hearing

The House committee investigating the riot at the Capitol subpoenaed Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone following explosive testimony from a former White House aide who said Cipollone raised concerns about Donald Trump‘s plans on Jan. 6.

“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded,” the committee’s chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said in a statement.

The two lawmakers referenced Cipollone’s “earlier informal engagement with our investigation” in April, but insisted that it needed to hear from him “on the record.”

“Any concerns Mr. Cipollone has about the institutional prerogatives of the office he previously held are clearly outweighed by the need for his testimony,” the statement said.

NBC News has reached out to Cipollone for comment.

In a letter to Cipollone, Thompson said the committee had obtained evidence about which the former White House counsel was “uniquely positioned to testify.”

“Unfortunately, however, you have declined to cooperate with us further, including by providing on-the-record testimony,” Thompson wrote. “We are left with no choice but to issue you this subpoena.”

The subpoena was announced just hours after Cheney intensified her call for Cipollone to testify after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson delivered damning testimony about a number of her colleagues’ actions on Jan. 6.

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