Trump's White House Counsel Just Told the Most Blatant Lie on the Floor of the Senate in Trump's Defense, and People Are Calling Him Out
The White House Counsel is a staff appointee of the President and Vice President of the United States. Their role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and their administration.
Pat Cipollone has served as the current White House Counsel for President Donald Trump since December 2018.
On Tuesday, Cipollone addressed the Senate as part of the impeachment trial of the President. His remarks led many to note the White House Counsel's apple did not fall far from the Trump tree.
One of Cipollone's false statements revisited a lie many in the GOP also tried to pass on to the public.
"Not even Mr. Schiff's Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF."
SCIF, short for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, is where members of the relevant impeachment inquiry committees—both Democrats AND Republicans—were given access to sensitive materials.
You can hear Cipollone's bald-faced lie below:
"Not even Mr. Schiff's Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF" -- this is a blatant lie from Cipollone pic.twitter.com/A4cWhwRSUo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 21, 2020
Cipollone says “Not even Mr. Schiff’s Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF” during impeachment investig… https://t.co/3icIjptEN3— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake)1579635140.0
That lie was refuted each time GOP Representatives Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes and other Trump faithful told it.
But Cipollone thought he would try to sell it again, leading observers to wonder if it was even legal for White House Counsel to lie during remarks before Congress.
I still can't get over Cipollone's blatant/material lie relating to the GOP being excluded from the closed depositi… https://t.co/swMq7VGubW— Richard Signorelli (@Richard Signorelli)1579641244.0
Opinions were divided on legality but unified on ethicality.
Can legal scholars please update everyone if it's okay for Impeachment counsel to lie to the US Senate?
— Impeachment Shamster 🐹 🏳️🌈🗽⚛️ (@shesnottrump) January 21, 2020
Rule 3.3: Candor Toward the Tribunal
(a) A lawyer shall not knowingly:
(1) make a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made to the tribunal by the lawyer;
— Doug (@filadin) January 21, 2020
As far as I know, it's a violation of the ethical rules for lawyers to lie. I don't know under what jurisdiction Mr Cipollone falls but somebody should file an official complaint. #TrumpsRemovalTrial
— Ulrik Spliid (@ulrik_s) January 21, 2020
Cipollone "didn't just lie, He lied stupidly!"
— Credible Hulk (@CredHulk1) January 21, 2020
Damn !! I *so* hate it when these people are allowed to lie, under oath, in a public place like the Senate, in front of the American people and their fellow public servants, without any remorse, and aren't called out for it.
— GuillaumeTC (@GuillaumeTC) January 21, 2020
The legal defense for 45 is proving they can't hold a candle to @RepAdamSchiff. #CorruptTrump may very well not be removed because of a #CoverUp trial, but the #BlueWave2020 is coming like a freight train!#VoteBlueToSaveAmerica
— LongDogville 🐕🌊🌎🐕 (@JLJDogville) January 21, 2020
The target audience, however, believed the oft repeated lie, and argued with anyone who refuted it.
@bginna @atrupar But Republicans WERE in those SCIF meetings. So yeah it's a lie to say they weren't. Do you even… https://t.co/bqxKOS7dFU— Norm de Plume (@Norm de Plume)1579641139.0
@normdeplume9 @atrupar A few were, but most were not allowed. " ...to say "Republicans weren't allowed in" is simp… https://t.co/5DbR2zPgOB— Curtis Spicoli (@Curtis Spicoli)1579641203.0
@bginna @normdeplume9 @atrupar A few...lol https://t.co/KWHrsG323F— buzz lightyear (@buzz lightyear)1579641456.0
@Lightyear4Buzz @bginna @atrupar These people hear one narrative from conservative media, and that's where they sto… https://t.co/7vWeawyr6k— Norm de Plume (@Norm de Plume)1579641717.0
@Lightyear4Buzz @bginna @atrupar i mean... https://t.co/1RnqDtsoGb— Norm de Plume (@Norm de Plume)1579641788.0
But the MAGA minions continued to make the false claim.
And repeat it over and over as a "gotcha" for "leftists."
My "team" LMFAO you leftists are hilarious.
Most Republicans were not allowed in the House hearings. You seem to want that to not be true. Poor thing.
— Curtis Spicoli (@bginna) January 21, 2020
Reality is there are 435 seats in the House of Representatives.
Only committee members on the relevant committees were allowed to attend certain aspects of the impeachment process. These rules were enacted by a GOP controlled House under former Speaker of the House John Boehner during the presidency of Barack Obama.
Unless each committee had 435 members, many Democrats and many Republicans would not be allowed into those SCIF hearings. However approximately one quarter of the GOP members of the House were allowed in the SCIF hearings.
@leezeldin & ~45 @HouseGOP were there. 😳#GOPLies @JaySekulow @AlanDersh @realDonaldTrump @senatemajldr @JohnCornyn @marcorubio @SenatorRomney @SenSasse @BenSasse @SenatorCollins @lisamurkowski @SenatorEnzi @SenAlexander @SenThomTillis @SenJohnThune #EndTheCoverUp #IMPOTUS pic.twitter.com/P9AFeWA7rO
— OfLellie (@auntlellie) January 21, 2020
But only the GOP complained while failing to acknowledge their own members in those hearings.
Real time fact checking was suggested when the same lies spread during the impeachment hearings were regurgitated in the Senate.
This whole thing needs live pop-up video style fact checking on the screen.
— Rochelle (@Rochelle) January 21, 2020
@Rochelle @atrupar I suggest using the big red X from family feud. Flash it on the screen every time whoever is sp… https://t.co/rT7gFFmD8O— justmix (@justmix)1579636266.0
Trump's lawyers destroying their own credibility in the first two hours of the #ImpeachmentTrial is a bold strategy pic.twitter.com/quXzRNQlbz
— Restore Democracy (@RestoreDemos) January 21, 2020
The impeachment trial continues on Wednesday.