The January 6 Committee issued a subpoena to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Wednesday, despite the fact that he has already spoken to the committee, a day after testimony by surprise witness Cassidy Hutchinson fell apart.
Hutchinson, a former aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified on Tuesday that she had heard others say that they had heard President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the car in which he was being driven by the Secret Service to reach a Capitol besieged by armed supporters.
Democrats and the media celebrated Hutchinson’s testimony — until the Secret Service and the individuals from whom Hutchinson claimed to have heard the story publicly disputed her claims and said they were prepared to testify under oath.
Other claims also collapsed. Hutchinson claimed to have penned a handwritten draft of Trump’s remarks on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, but former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann said that he had written it.
Hutchinson also testified that Cipollone had expressed concerns about Trump’s remarks and his desire to visit the Capitol because of the risk of “potentially obstructing justice or defrauding the electoral account.” She also testified that Cipollone had burst into Meadows’ office on Jan. 6 to urge the President to issue a statement after rioters broke into the Capitol, and that he had wanted the president to issue a strong statement condemning violence on January 7, the day following the riot.