Cipollone and his legal team are reportedly expected to attempt to negotiate with the feds over the terms of the ex-White House officials’ appearance, claiming concerns about executive privilege.
The subpoena appears to indicate that the Justice Department’s Jan. 6 probe is steadily intensifying given how deeply Cipollone was entrenched in then-President Donald Trump’s inner circle at the White House — and therefore a major witness to both Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election and his refusal to respond to the Capitol attack.
Cipollone was also subpoenaed by the House Jan. 6 Committee. He testified in front of the panel in a private interview last month, and the committee has presented clips of the ex-White House lawyer’s testimony during its public hearings.
Other top officials (more specifically, ex-Vice President Mike Pence’s senior aides) who witnessed Trump’s plot to overturn the election, particularly his fake elector scheme, have testified in front a federal grand jury under subpoena.
Former Pence chief of staff Marc Short and his counsel, Greg Jacob, appeared in front of a grand jury in D.C. last month.