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Trump’s White House attorney Pat Cipollone testifies before the January 6 grand jury

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In addition to Cipollone, his deputy at the White House, Patrick Philbin, appeared before the federal grand jurors on Friday.

Both former Trump lawyers received subpoenas last month. In addition to Cipollone and Philbin, Marc Short, former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacob, testified before a grand jury.

The Justice Department is determined to investigate the false voter angle as it continues its criminal investigation. During the January 6 committee hearings, numerous testimonies were offered publicly by state officials about the overt pressure campaigns forced upon them by the former president and his personal lawyers like Rudy Giuliani and strategist of electoral subversion John Eastman.

Eastman, who has been embroiled in painful months of legal battles with Congress and the Justice Department, recently had his phone seized. He joined Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, who had his cell data seized by law enforcement in early August. He has since sued to return it, but no judgment has yet been rendered. He has meanwhile publicly attacked the Justice Department, suggesting the seizure was tyrannical at a recent virtual town hall.

In his lawsuit, according to Politico, Perry said the department didn’t access his phone, but he understood the agency was in the process of getting another warrant to dig deeper.

Prosecutors offered filter potentially privileged materials, but Perry has pushed them aside for the time being.

Giuliani, Eastman and Perry all promoted Trump’s false election fraud allegations, but Perry was also responsible, according to testimony and court records, for introducing Trump to Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department lawyer working in a relative obscurity until meeting the President.

Ultimately, court and congressional filings, testimony, and extensive news reporting shed light on how Clark tried to convince senior department officials to go along with a plan to release a memo stating that voter fraud was prevalent in some battleground states. Those memos detailed plans to advance fake voters for Trump.

As for Cipollone’s take on that Clark note? According to sworn testimony by former US Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue, Cipollone called it a “murder-suicide pact”.

Just 10 days from the uprising, Cipollone would also threaten to resign.

He wasn’t going all the way, but the threat alone, which was first spurred on by Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Deputy Attorney General Donoghue and other high-profile attorneys, eventually thwarted the ascendancy. bribed Clark in the department and sending the memo to state officials promoting bogus voters.

Cipollone was acutely aware of the danger surrounding him as the nation headed into Jan. 6, according to sworn public testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Hutchinson told the committee in July that when Trump insisted on being taken to Capitol Hill after his Jan. 6 Ellipse speech, they were “going to be charged with every crime imaginable.”

The details of what Cipollone discussed in front of the grand jury on Friday are, of course, secret and neither Cipollone nor Philbin spoke to reporters when they entered the courthouse.