Pat Cipollone Called Out for ‘Blatant Lie’


President Donald Trump’smaterial witness” attack dog, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, definitely hit all the right notes on Tuesday when it comes to appeasing both his boss and the president’s supporters. The criticism of a number of Cipollone’s statements at the impeachment trial promptly flowed, but one in particular was singled out as a “blatant lie.”

Anti-Trump lawyer George Conway and others swarmed a clip of Cipollone falsely saying that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) didn’t allow Republicans into the SCIF–the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility where closed door depositions of impeachment witnesses occurred.

“This is unbelievable. A brazen, disgraceful, and shameful lie. Every Republican member of three major House committees was allowed to attend,” Conway said. “Many didn’t.”

Conway’s right about that. Recall: House Republicans who weren’t on the relevant committees made a scene, stormed the SCIF and were kicked out. Some Republicans who actually could be in the room opted not to attend. And for what it’s worth, all of the lengthy deposition transcripts that went public show that Republican lawmakers and Republican counsel Steve Castor were very much allowed to ask the witnesses questions.

Many others, legal observers and otherwise, were quick to respond to Cipollone’s falsehood.

Schiff directly addressed the Cipollone statement in question. He didn’t call him a liar, but he did say Cipollone was “mistaken.”

“I’m not gonna suggest to you that Mr Cipollone would deliberately make a false statement…but I will tell you this: he’s mistaken. He’s mistaken,” he said. Every Republican on the three investigative committees was allowed to participate in the depositions. More than that, they got the same time we did.”

A smorgasbord of other criticisms followed.

What do you mean, no witnesses for the president?

Manufacturing process crimes?

Pat “Fact Witness” Cipollone, what are you yelling about?

Trampling on executive privilege … ?

[Image via CSPAN screengrab]

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