Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said on Tuesday that senior White House counsel Pat Cipollone was gravely concerned that President Donald Trump would face criminal charges if he went to the Capitol on January 6 with thousands of protesters.
“Mr. [Pat] Cipollone said something along the lines of ‘make sure we don’t go up to the Capitol, Cassidy, keep in touch with me,'” Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 select committee about a conversation she had. had with Cipollone on January 6. “We’re going to be charged with every crime imaginable if we make this move happen.”
Hutchinson earlier told the committee that Cipollone, who was then White House counsel, feared Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice or the Electoral College count if Trump goes to the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“He was also concerned that we were inciting a riot or encouraging a riot on Capitol Hill,” Hutchinson told the panel during one of four videotaped depositions she previously conducted with the panel.
Some Trump allies have claimed the president doesn’t want to go to the Capitol on Jan. 6 after Congress has done its duty to certify the election.
Cipollone’s reported opinions are of paramount importance. The White House attorney is not the president’s personal attorney, but provides legal advice to the president. John Dean was President Richard Nixon’s famous White House lawyer before turning on the president amid efforts to cover up the Watergate break-in.