Liz Cheney says Pat Cipollone's testimony before Jan. 6 panel 'met our expectations'
- Former WH Counsel
Pat Cipollonerecently testified before the Jan. 6 committee.
Liz Cheneysaid Cipollone's testimony "met our expectations."
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said on Tuesday that recent testimony former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone gave to the House select committee investigating the
"If you've watched these hearings, you've heard us call from Mr. Cipollone to come forward to testify. He did, and Mr. Cipollone's testimony met our expectations," she said during the house select committee's seventh public hearing.
On queue, the House panel then aired several clips of Cipollone's sworn testimony at the start of their seventh hearing as part of a push to further show then-President Donald
Cipollone told the January 6 committee that he agreed Trump should concede the 2020 election and that he lost to Democratic nominee Joe Biden fair and square. He also cited Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's floor remarks where he congratulated Biden and said that the process was "done.
"That would be in line with my thinking on these things," Cipollone testified.
The committee later played a clip where Cipollone was asked if Trump would need to heed the court rulings that had come down since he lost the 2020 election; Cipollone replied, "Of course, Everybody is obliged to abide by the rules."
When Cheney asked whether the former president had "a particular obligation" to ensure US laws are "faithfully executed," the former White House counsel responded, "That is one of the president's obligations, correct."
Legal experts have previously told Insider that Cipollone's testimony could potentially heighten Trump's legal exposure in several investigations into the former president. His testimony could provide more insight into Trump's state of mind during the January 6 insurrection and whether he intended to commit a crime.
"The most important and compelling witnesses in a real trial, where the rules of evidence apply, could be people who spoke directly to the former president and can tell a jury what he said and thus what he intended. That could be someone like Pat Cipollone. It could be any number of people. We just don't yet know," Chuck Rosenberg, a former federal prosecutor, previously told Insider.
Cipollone's first-hand account of what Trump did and said on January 6 has become an important part of the January 6 committee's
During an earlier January 6 committee hearing, Hutchinson recalled Cipollone saying at the time, "We're going to get charges of every crime imaginable if we make that move."
Darren Samuelsohn contributed to this report.
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