Former Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone reportedly testified to a DOJ grand jury for six hours yesterday. This comes after the courts recently ruled that Cipollone had to testify without invoking executive privilege. In other words, Cipollone spent six hours giving up Donald Trump to a grand jury today.
We all watched Cipollone give partial testimony to the January 6th Committee months ago, and that was damning enough – even with Cipollone refusing to answer questions that may have been covered under privilege. Now Cipollone has given presumably much more damaging testimony to the DOJ grand jury.
The DOJ has spent quite awhile working through the legal process of getting the courts to rule to that Cipollone’s grand jury testimony against Trump shouldn’t be limited by executive privilege. So this new breakthrough in testimony isn’t necessarily a result of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s appointment. Rather, Smith’s appointment appears to be the result of processes like Cipollone’s testimony nearing completion. In other words, the DOJ’s criminal cases against Trump are finally just about ready to go, and Smith was brought in as a closer to seal the deal.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report