Pat Cipollone asserted executive privilege to some January 6 committee questions

Cipollone, who previously expressed concerns to the committee about interview questions that may have required him to invoke executive privilege, testified before the committee on Friday under a subpoena.

A spokesperson for the House Select Committee told CNN the panel’s interview with Cipollone was productive, but said no agreement was reached to narrow questions to avoid potential issues with the executive privilege.

« In our interview with Mr. Cipollone, the Committee received critical testimony on nearly every major subject of its investigation, reinforcing key points about Donald Trump’s misconduct and providing highly relevant new information that will play a pivotal role in his upcoming hearings. This includes information demonstrating Donald Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty. The testimony also corroborated key elements of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony. Allegations of a pre-interview agreement to limit Cipillone’s testimony are completely untrue, » committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said.

Hutchinson, who was an aide to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified before the January 6 committee last month in a blockbuster hearing in which she described her experience in the White House as someone close to President Donald Trump’s inner circle. in the days leading up to and including the Capitol Hill riot.

On Friday, the select committee also asked Cipollone a series of questions about pardons, including potential pardons for the Trump family and whether Trump wanted to pardon himself, the person familiar with said.

Cipollone told the committee he doesn’t believe the 2020 election was stolen, but he believes Trump did and still holds that belief, the source said.

The committee also asked Cipollone about the pressure campaign against then-Vice President Mike Pence over his ability not to certify the 2020 election results while presiding over the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, a indicated the source.

Earlier Friday, three different sources with knowledge of Cipollone’s testimony called it very important and extremely helpful and told CNN it will become evident in the committee’s upcoming public hearings.

The interview was videotaped and may be shown at future hearings, including one on Tuesday that will focus on how the violent crowd gathered and the role of extremist groups, as well as another hearing – which will not has yet to be scheduled — on Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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