Washington, D.C. – This morning, the House Managers in the impeachment trial of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump – Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Jason Crow, and Sylvia Garcia – sent a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who will be lead counsel for the President in his impeachment trial.
Evidence gathered as part of the impeachment inquiry in the House indicates that Mr. Cipollone is a fact witness to numerous critical events related to the President’s scheme, and remains deeply involved in actions implementing the President’s directive to obstruct the House’s impeachment inquiry. The Managers write in their letter that being a material witness to the charges, as well as an advocate for the President, raises serious concerns and ethical questions.
In the letter, the Managers write:
“In preparation for the trial of Donald J. Trump before the Senate, we write to notify you that evidence received by the House of Representatives during its impeachment inquiry indicates that you are a material witness to the charges in both Articles of Impeachment for which President Trump now faces trial.
“You must disclose all facts and information as to which you have first-hand knowledge that will be at issue in connection with evidence you present or arguments you make in your role as the President’s legal advocate so that the Senate and Chief Justice can be apprised of any potential ethical issues, conflicts, or biases.”
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