Things Go From Bad To Worse For Trump

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Will this cause more drama?

According to reports, on Friday (July 8), former White House counsel Pat Cipollone is expected to testify before the Jan. 6 Select Committee.

Reports first emerged in The New York Times and Washington Post, with sources close to the discussion confirming to each outlet that Cipollone will be participating in a closed-door, transcribed interview. The Washington Post also revealed their unnamed sources indicated his testimony would be conducted in the first half of the day.

Cipollone’s testimony has become crucial to the Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation following explosive public testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide of Trump-Era White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Following Hutchinson’s testimony, the panel subpoenaed Cipollone in an apparent attempt to corroborate some of Hutchinson’s most damning claims.

In her testimony, Hutchinson revealed Cipollone urged Meadows to take action on the day of the riot. She recalled Cipollone telling Meadows, “Mark, something needs to be done, or people are going to die, and the blood is going to be on your effing hands.”

She also divulged a warning Cipollone gave her, with him saying at the time, “we’re going to get charged with every crime imaginable.” A caution about what would happen if Trump went to the Capital, adding that the then-President should not be taken there.

Beyond her in-person testimony on Cipollonde, Hutchinson also testified about the former White House counsel in pre-recorded testimony, played by the panel when she gave her live testimony.

In the pre-recorded testimony, Hutchinson characterized Cipollone’s office’s position on a fake elector scheme as not being “legally sound.”

So far, neither the panel nor Cipollone has confirmed whether he will be testifying.