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Voices from the protest outdoors Archdiocese of Covington in Kentucky on Jan 22, 2019.
Cincinnati Enquirer

The nationwide firestorm surrounding Covington Catholic has delivered to mild that one of many Larger Cincinnati high school’s most outstanding graduates occurs to be President Trump’s prime White Home lawyer.

Pat Cipollone, CovCath class of 1984, just lately took over as White Home basic counsel. He had beforehand served as an off-the-cuff adviser to the president on the particular counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

White Home common counsel Pat Cipollone is a 1984 graduate of Covington Catholic Excessive Faculty. (Photograph: Offered/Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP)

What does Cipollone’s White Home position should do with last week’s incident in Washington, D.C., involving present CovCath college students? Completely nothing, nevertheless it wasn’t been extensively recognized that Trump had a prime adviser immediately related to CovCath – or to Larger Cincinnati, for that matter.

Several makes an attempt to interview Cipollone on Tuesday have been unsuccessful. A lady at Cipollone’s suburban Washington, D.C., residence advised The Enquirer, a part of the USA TODAY Network, he was not out there for remark.

Trump took to Twitter on Monday night and again Tuesday morning to defend the CovCath students, embroiled in a controversy for their behavior during other groups’ protests and marches last week near the Lincoln Memorial. It’s unknown whether Cipollone advised the president to weigh in.

Cipollone, 52, has spent most of his nearly 30-year career in Washington and Chicago. Not much is publicly known about him back home in Greater Cincinnati.

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In extensive Google and Enquirer archives searches, in fact, one of the few news items that showed Cipollone’s connection to the region was a blurb about his hiring in the Trump administration buried on page 26 in last month’s Covington Catholic Journal school magazine. 

Here are some other things to know about Cipollone: 

• He’s a committed Catholic advocate. In 2004, Cipollone was one of the founding members of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Conservative former presidential candidate Rick Santorium also helped start the annual prayer meeting, which draws more than 1,500 people to Washington. 

• Cipollone is “well-liked and respected” by Trump’s personal attorneys, the Washington Post reported in October, when Cipollone was hired. In the same article, Trump was quoted as saying: “Pat’s a great guy. He’s very talented.”

• Fox News’ Laura Ingraham has called Cipollone her “godfather” and “spiritual mentor” because he helped the conservative commentator convert to Catholicism in 2002, according to The Post.

• After leaving CovCath, Cipollone received his bachelor’s degree from New York City’s Fordham University. He went to law school at the University…