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Former Trump WH Counsel Pat Cipollone To Testify Before Jan. 6 Panel On Friday

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Multiple news outlets reported Wednesday that former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who repeatedly fought then-president Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, will testify on Friday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

As noted by The New York Times, the development is a breakthrough for the Jan 6 panel, pointing out that Cipollone is a key witness to pivotal moments in Trump’s push to undo his election loss, including discussions about seizing voting machines and sending false letters to state officials about election fraud.

The lawyer was also in the West Wing on Jan. 6, 2021, as Trump reacted to the storming of the Capitol, when his supporters attacked the building in his name.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Washington Post reported that the testimony is scheduled to take place for the first half of the day on Friday.

The Time also noted that Cipollone “repeatedly pushed back against some of Trump’s most conspiratorial ideas and told aides he needed to be in some of the meetings with outside advisers during which plans regarding the attempt to overturn the 2020 election results were discussed.”

The report added: “Cipollone never agreed with Trump’s claims that the election was stolen” and that “after Jan. 6, he argued against broadly distributed pardons.”