The former deputy counsel to the president just received his subpoena to appear before the grand jury in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) criminal investigation into and around the events on January 6. Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland has reached deeply into the previous administration to subpoena Patrick Philbin. And his subpoena carries the power of prosecution.
Philbin received his order to both provide documents as well as testify under oath to the grand jury, according to CNN. He worked for the White House Counsel’s Pat Cipollone who became better known for his time with the January 6 televised testimony. Philbin’s former boss had already received his own subpoena from the DOJ for his documents and testimony.
Cipollone and Philbin were around Donald Trump throughout the last days of his time in office. The Senate Judiciary Committee found that Cipollone and Philbin repeatedly resisted the administration’s desire to overthrow the 2020 election and crown Trump dictator.
But both men were especially resistant to Trump’s attempts to remove the latest, most recently appointed attorney general and replace him with an environment attorney who was perfectly comfortable checking out “false claims of election fraud.”
Granted, some of Philbin’s work fell under the executive privilege rule. This was true with Cipollone, too, as well as the former vice-president Mike Pence’s advisers Marc Short and Greg Jacob.
According to his current law firm Ellis Jones Cipollone O’Brien Annague’s biography, Philbin represented Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial:
‘From December 2018 to January 2021, Mr. Philbin served as Deputy Counsel to the President for President Donald J. Trump. In that role, he oversaw interagency legal review of key policy initiatives and managed litigation on issues of importance to the administration. He also successfully represented President Trump in his first impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate.’
Is it possible that Donald Trump will have to testify, too?
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