The House Impeachment Managers sent a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone Tuesday morning, suggesting he is a fact witness in the trial and thus eligible for disqualification from the President’s defense team.
The Managers (Adam Schiff, Jerold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Jason Crow, Sylvia Garcia) assert in the five page letter that “evidence received by the House of Representatives during it’s impeachment inquiry indicates that [Cipollone is] a material witness to the charges in both Articles of Impeachment for which President Trump now faces trial.”
“These risks are so serious that they can require a lawyer’s disqualification,” the letter claims. “Even if the witness does not take the stand, his status as an unsworn witness risks seriously damaging the fairness of the trial.”
Read the full letter:
The letter comes the morning before the impeachment trial begins; and as Republicans – including Congressmen Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, and Darrell Issa – are saying Adam Schiff himself is a fact witness and calling for his disqualification from the prosecution.
.@mattgaetz: There should be a motion to disqualify Schiff as an impeachment manager.
He is a fact witness to the set up. pic.twitter.com/x4LYgUrttB
— Sofia Carbone (@sicarbone_) January 17, 2020