Capitol Storm Committee: New Details on Trump and Pence Free Press

After defeating the election, Trump saw his Vice Pence as his last chance to help him win later. An investigative panel into the attack on the Capitol reveals how Pence experienced that day.

Washington.

In the Capitol attack investigative committee on January 6, 2021, witnesses unveiled new details about the chaotic hours of the day.

An advisor to then US Vice President Mike Pence, Greg Jacob, described in a public hearing how, despite the violence at Congress headquarters, Pence, against the advice of his bodyguards, refused to leave the seat – in order not to provide a photo of how he was the country’s vice president “fleeing” from Congress. According to the committee’s findings, rioters became dangerously close to Pence at that time. Several witnesses also reported a hot telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his deputy in the hours before the attack.

Trump supporters stormed the parliament headquarters in Washington on January 6, 2021. Congress met there to formally confirm the electoral victory of Trump’s democratic challenger Joe Biden. The violent crowd wanted to prevent this. During this time, Pence chaired congress as vice president – a legally purely ceremonial task. Trump previously openly called on his deputy to block the procedure – to help him win the elections later.

Just before the attack on the Capitol, Trump once again incited his supporters at a rally that his election victory had been stolen. The Republican also clearly incited his followers against Pence. Meanwhile, they looked for a vice president in the building, whom they called a traitor, and threatened to hang him as he did not interfere with Biden’s confirmation. The committee is working on the outbreak of the violence at the time.

According to the panel’s findings, the brutal attackers got surprisingly close to Pence: when the Secret Service brought the Vice President to safety, he was sometimes only about twelve yards from the rioters.

Jacob, who was accompanying Pence at the time, said his boss was determined to complete the certification of the elections that had begun. He saw it as a “constitutional obligation” to end it. Therefore, Pence stayed in a safe place on the Capitol grounds for many hours, and then returned from there to the Senate Chamber. “There was no way the vice president was willing to risk the world seeing the vice president of the United States flee the Capitol,” he said.

Committee: Trump did not ask for Pence’s safety

When asked if Trump at any point called Pence to ask if he was safe, Jacob replied, “He didn’t.” Pence was “frustrated.”

In video excerpts from the taped interviews, several witnesses also described a very tense phone conversation between Trump and Pence that morning, during which the then president used a lot of profanity. “The conversation was quite hot,” said Trump’s daughter Ivanka. A then-Trump adviser, who was at the Oval Office with Ivanka Trump and others while talking to the president, said: “I heard the word lusche.” Another employee reported that Trump called his deputy “fluff”.

Trump also tweeted during the attack, openly complaining that Pence was not acting on his behalf. A then White House Press Office official said: “I felt that with this tweet he was adding fuel to the fire.”

No evidence – Trump continues to talk about electoral fraud

To this day, Trump claims without evidence that he was stripped of his 2020 presidential election by election fraud. For weeks now, he tried the most dubious methods, including dozens of lawsuits, to overturn Biden’s electoral victory. He finally saw Pence as his last chance to reverse the election result.

At the commission meeting, Jacob and other Pence and Trump advisers dismissed the attempts as absurd and illegal. Jacob said the audit at the time showed that there was “no reasonable basis to conclude” that the vice president had the power to exercise such influence. Former Conservative judge Michael Luttig, who also advised Pence on the matter, said that if Pence had heeded Trump’s call at the time, he would have plunged America into “revolution” and “constitutional crisis.” Former White House attorney Eric Herschmann called Trump’s idea “completely crazy.”

Trump attacks Pence again

Trump then publicly attacked Pence again. “Mike did not dare to act,” Trump said Friday in Nashville, Tennessee, at an event hosted by an ultra-conservative religious organization. Pence had a chance to be “historic” on January 6, 2021. “But Mike was afraid of whatever he was afraid of.” Trump has again discredited the commission and its members. It’s a “kidnapper.” “They’re all a leftist hatter who hates you all,” Trump told his audience.

Luttig warned that Trump and his supporters continued to pose a threat to American democracy. They have already announced that in the presidential election in 2024 they will try to overturn the election results again if they do not present it as they wish. (dpa)

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