Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin: Federal judge orders former top Trump White House lawyers to testify


A federal judge has ordered former Trump’s top White House lawyers to provide additional grand jury testimony and dismiss former President Donald Trump’s privilege claims in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, people briefed on the matter said .

Pat Cipollone, Trump’s White House counsel, and his deputy, Patrick Philbin, appeared before the grand jury in Washington, DC, in September as part of the Justice Department investigation now overseen by newly appointed special counsel Jack Smith.

Cipollone and Philbin declined to answer some questions at the time, citing Trump’s claims of executive and attorney-client privilege.

Cipollone and Philbin did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Trump is expected to appeal. CNN has reached out to its representatives.

The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment.

The claims of privilege have been the subject of an ongoing legal battle in secret proceedings before the federal judge in Washington who oversees the grand jury.

The judge has similarly rejected Trump’s privileged claims to other witnesses, including top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence. Marc Short and Greg Jacob provided a second round of grand jury testimony after the judge ordered them to answer additional questions as part of the Jan. 6-related investigation.

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