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Ex-White House counsel Pat Cipollone subpoenaed by Jan. 6 grand jury

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Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating last year’s Capitol riot as well as President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election result, according to a new report.

Sources with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed the subpoena to ABC News, adding that Cipollone’s legal team is expecting to engage in negotiations regarding an appearance — as they did when he spoke with the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack earlier this year.

Cipollone was first subpoenaed by the House panel in late June and appeared before the panel less than 10 days later for a closed-door — but recorded — deposition.

The committee aired multiple clips from Cipollone’s interview during its series of public hearings, revealing Trump’s inaction during the violence as well as the White House counsel’s skepticism of election fraud claims pushed by the then-president’s private legal team.

Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone has previously testified before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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Former President Donald Trump speaks with then White House counsel Pat Cipollone, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and chief of staff Mark Meadows outside the White House on Sept. 24, 2020.
President Donald Trump speaks with then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and chief of staff Mark Meadows outside the White House on Sept. 24, 2020.
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At one point, Cipollone told the committee that he and others in the White House had pushed for Trump to demand his supporters leave the Capitol immediately on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021.

“I said people need to be told — there needs to be a public announcement fast that they need to leave the Capitol,” Cipollone said.

“Just to be clear, many people suggested it. Not just me. Many people felt the same way. I’m sure I had conversations with [then-White House chief of staff] Mark [Meadows] about this during the course of the day and expressed my opinion very forcefully.”

This exhibit from video released by the House Select Committee, shows Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel, during an interview displayed at a hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, July 12, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone admitted he wanted then-President Donald Trump to tell his supporters to leave the Capitol.
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A video of President Donald Trump speaking on Jan. 6 is played as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, July 21, 2022.
Democrats have accused former President Donald Trump of plotting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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This week’s subpoena signals that the Justice Department’s own probe into the aftermath of the 2020 election is heating up. Last month, two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence — Marc Short and Greg Jacob — appeared before a federal grand jury.

Last week, multiple reports indicated the DOJ is going so far as to ask witnesses about their conversations with the former president, his lawyers and other allies.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has not ruled out prosecuting Trump as a result of the probe, revealing last week that his department will “pursue justice without fear or favor.”

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows listen to Vice President Mike Pence speak at a meeting with Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, in preparation for her confirmation hearing, on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Two former aides to former Vice President Mike Pence have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury.
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With the Washington Monument in the background, people attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump near the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Attorney General Merrick Garland promised to prosecute “anyone who was criminally responsible” for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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“We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable, that’s what we do,” Garland told NBC News.

“We don’t pay any attention to other issues with respect to that.”

When pressed on whether Trump potentially becoming a candidate in the 2024 presidential election would affect the decision, Garland reiterated: “We will hold accountable anyone who is criminally responsible for attempting to interfere with the transfer — legitimate, lawful transfer of power from one administration to the next.”

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