Former White House lawyer spoke of Trump’s ‘supreme dereliction of duty’

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The House committee on January 6 released a statement on Saturday describing the contribution of a former White House lawyer as “reinforcing” former President Donald Trump’s alleged misconduct.

The idea that former Trump White House lawyer Pat Cipollone could have confirmed the damning accounts of other witnesses during his highly anticipated private interview on Friday was initially tempered by the possibility that he had claimed privilege. executive, a legal concept intended to allow presidents to speak. freely with legal advisers.

Responding to multiple reports that Cipollone had invoked that privilege during his day-long testimony under subpoena, a spokesman for the committee suggested a different scenario.

“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 its upcoming hearings,” the statement read. House Select Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey read.

He continued: “This includes information demonstrating Donald Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty.”

Trump and his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday night.

Mulvey neither confirmed nor denied the privilege reports, but said Cipollone was never guided by the panel to avoid potentially privileged information.

In fact, the statement suggests that at Cipollone the committee got another voice to back up some of the glowing testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, assistant to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.

She testified that on January 6, 2021, Trump was filled with rage and ordered his Secret Service to take him to the Capitol so he could join supporters who would eventually enter the compound and attack police while trying to reaching lawmakers and Vice President Mike. Pence, all participating in the certification of Trump’s loss.

She said Secret Service agents in a presidential SUV with Trump refused to take her, and the president lunged for the steering wheel behind the front seats, then tried to grab an agent’s throat, claims Trump denied.

She also testified that Trump showed no sympathy for Pence because the rioters were potentially closing in on the vice president and Trump would have had the time and power to call them off. The former president also denied it.

On Saturday, Mulvey said in the committee’s statement that Cipollone “corroborated key elements of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony.”

The January 6 committee will resume the investigation at a hearing on Tuesday.

julia jester contributed.

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