You can smell the desperation wafting from the Jan. 6 House Select Committee members as they attempt to do damage control following a horrific day of false testimony and feverish media coverage.
The committee announced this week it would be holding an unscheduled televised show trial after planning a recess until July. The hearing, which aired live on Tuesday, featured what they called ‘bombshell’ testimony from former aid to Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson.
Hutchinson gave explosive testimony about Trump’s supposed anger toward two Secret Service agents who refused to drive him back to the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. She claimed the Former President assaulted both agents, even attempting to jostle the steering wheel away after his request was denied.
The Secret Service agents in question have both agreed to testify under oath that Hutchinson’s story was in fact made up and that President Trump never assaulted them or lunged after the steering wheel of his presidential limo.
Hutchinson also claimed in her testimony that White House Attorney Pat Cipollone revealed to her that Trump would face legal trouble if he challenged the 2020 election results.
She said Cipollone told her there were “serious legal concerns” if Trump went to the Capitol after he spoke at the Stop the Steal rally on Jan. 6.
As a result of her testimony, the J6 Witch Hunters slapped Cipollone with a subpoena after he already met with the committee a mere two months ago.
Cipollone previously met with the Jan. 6 Committee but was not under oath and the discussion was not transcribed.
A letter sent to Cipollone, dated Wednesday, says the subpoena compels him to appear for a deposition on July 6 and notes that the panel seeks his testimony on Former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election as part of its examination of the Capitol riot.
While the Select Committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s earlier informal engagement with our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 29, 2022
After Cipollone sat for an “informal interview” on April 13, the committee gathered more evidence about which he was “uniquely positioned to testify,” but he “declined to cooperate” further, including by providing on-the-record testimony, Rep. Thompson’s letter said.
“We are left with no choice but to issue you this subpoena,” the chairman added.
Cipollone isn’t the first member of Trump’s former inner circle to be targeted by the Jan. 6 Committee and he surely won’t be the last.
With their credibility gone and America’s interest waning, we fear what the committee has planned next.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney