Former White House adviser Pat Cipollone will appear on Friday, July 8, 2022, before the selection committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA.
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The House Election Commission, which investigates the January 6 parliamentary riots, interviewed one of the most popular witnesses on Friday as it continues to collect evidence that hints at the former president. Donald Trump With an attack.
Pat Siporone, a former Trump White House adviser, met with the Commission in a closed room for a transcribed interview that lasted eight and a half hours. He spent more than an hour talking with his lawyer outside the testimony room and left the Capitol Hill office building after 5 pm ET. He didn’t answer the reporter’s question.
Siporone said he had been summoned by the panel last week and obtained evidence that he “repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6 and the day before.”
Siporone, who spoke informally with an investigator in April, took the lead in some of the Commission’s recent hearings through the testimony of other witnesses citing his numerous warnings to Trump. stood.
The panel hopes he can see some of the most incendiary claims shared last week. Cassidy HutchinsonFormer Chief of Staff of Trump, Mark Meadows.
Prior to the January 6 riots Siporone warned staff not to allow According to Hutchinson’s testimony, Trump to meet protesters at the US Capitol, where lawmakers were meeting to confirm President Joe Biden’s election victory. She recalled that if Trump carried out those plans, “we would be prosecuted for all possible crimes,” she said.
According to Hutchinson, “we will appear to be interfering with justice,” Siporone explained.
Trump told his followers that he would meet them at the Capitol at a rally near the White House just before the riots. However, his security details refused to take him to the Capitol, and he eventually returned to the White House.
“I remember Pat saying something to the effect,” Mark, I need to do something more. They literally ask the Vice President to strangle, “she said.
“Mark reacted to the effect,” you heard him, Pat. He has a microphone [Pence] Deserves it.. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong, “she said.
Cipollone did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment. A spokesman for the special committee declined to comment.
The interview was set to take place exactly four days before the Commission’s next hearing. At this time, the first findings from that year-long investigation into the riots of Trump supporters’ violent mobs at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 are presented. ..
The Commission has not yet unveiled the topic of the next hearing scheduled for Tuesday at 10 am ET. Democratic Chairman Benny Thompson said last month that the panel would hold the last two hearings in July. Republican Vice-Chair Liz Cheney previously said that these hearings could show Trump how to illegally direct his supporters to the Capitol and take swift action to stop the riots after the riots began. He said he couldn’t.
However, the Commission has changed its plans to accommodate the new evidence — in particular, adding and highlighting last week’s hearing. Hutchinson’s Bomb Testimony..
Prior to being summoned, Siporone resisted the Commission’s efforts to take him to an interview. Chainy openly called on Siporone to cooperate, and at a previous hearing Trump said, “I don’t want Mr Siporone to testify here.” Evidence shows that he and his office “tried to do the right thing.”
In a post on a social media platform Thursday morning, Mr. Trump suggested that the Commission’s talks with Siporone would discourage future presidents from discussing sensitive issues with White House advisers. “Very bad for America!” Trump wrote in Truth Social.