WASHINGTON – He started the day with praying.
Vice President Mike Pence prepares to confront final scene of ruthless campaign President Donald J. Trump force it is illegal to try to overturn it results of the 2020 elections began on January 6, 2021, surrounded by aides at his official residence at the Naval Observatory, asking God for management.
group expecting a hard day. But what followed over in next 12 hours was more more painful than they imagined.
Angry crowd with baseball bats and pepper spray chanting “hang Mike Pence” were within 40 feet. of vice president. Mr. Pence’s Secret Service had to force him safety and keep it for almost five hours in guts of Capitol. Mr. Trump called Mr. Pence a “wimp” and even worse in rude and offensive call that morning from Mr. Trump’s Oval Office daughter as well as former White House aides testified to this.
And a confidential witness who traveled to Washington with Proud boys, the most famous of far-right groups that helped lead attack on Capitol, later told investigators group would kill Mr. Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi if they got chance.
These were some of the most unusual new details that surfaced during the third public hearings held Thursday by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on United States Capitol.
Mr. Pence’s day dawned, as it often did. A vice president whose evangelical faith was a selling point for adding him to the presidency ticket in 2016 but often sourced of skepticism for Mr Trump was joined on three people in prayer: his boss counsel, Greg Jacob; his boss of staff, Mark Short; and his director of legislative affairsChris Hodgson.
Mr Pence and team came under fire of demands from Mr. Trump that the vice president refuse to confirm the victory of Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the Electoral College in a joint session of Congress is an unconstitutional action never before taken in two and a half century since the founding of the nation.
“We just asked for guidance and wisdom, knowing that the day will be difficult oneMr Short said. in video recordings of testimonies played by the committee.
While Mr. Pence was at the Naval Observatory, Mr. Trump in oval office with assistants and family members flow in as well as outincluding Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Kimberly Gilfoyle and Ivanka Trump. He had already sent two tweets with further pressure on Mr. Pence, first at 1:00 second at 8 am, concluded: “Do it Mike, it’s time for extraordinary courage!
At 11:20, Mr. Trump called Mr. Pence. who moved away from his assistants to take call.
group in The Oval Office could have heard Mr. Trump side of in call but paid little attention to what seemed start like a normal conversation. But as Mr Trump grew more agitated, Mr Pence stuck to in his refusal give in, call became hard ignore.
Topics of House Committee Hearing on January 6
“I remember hearing the word weakling,” said Nick Luna, a Trump aide. in video recording of testimony. “Wimp is the word I remember.”
Ivanka Trump, Senior President daughter and former said the chief adviser to the White House. in her videotaped testimony that “it was a different tone than what I heard, with former vice president.
Chief Miss Trump of employee, Julie Radford, appeared in videotaped testimony that says Ms. Trump told her shortly after call that Mr Trump had an “upsetting” conversation with Mr Pence. The president, according to Ms. Radford, used “the P-word.” (The New York Times previously reported that Mr. Trump told Mr. Pence, “You can either go down in history like a patriot or you can go down in history like a pussy,” according to two people instructed on talk.)
At the Naval Observatory, Mr. Pence returned to the room after call looking “unwavering”, “resolute” and “sullen,” Mr. Jacob told the committee.
Mr Trump in meanwhile reviewed a speech he gave later that day to a crowd of supporters on Ellipse. early draft of the speech, according to the committee, did not mention of Mr Pence. But after the call, the president turned on language this video showed annoyance up crowd.
“I hope Mike does the right thing,” Trump said. in his speech. “I hope it is. I hope it is. Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we win”.
“All Vice President Pence has to do is send back to the states for recertification and we will become president and you are the happiest peopleTrump continued, referring to one of his demands that Mr. Pence send an election results back to the states, a delaying tactic that he hoped would eventually keep him in office. If Mr Pence failed to comply, Mr. Trump told the crowd, “it will be a sad day for our country.”
He added“So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do. And I hope he doesn’t listen to Rino and the dumb ones people what is he listening to? using in term for “Republicans in just a name.”
Mr. Trump ordered his supporters to march to the Capitol and declare themselves.
By the time Mr. Pence arrived at the Capitol with his wife Karen Pence and their daughter Charlotte, the angry mob was already massaging outside.
Inside like a joint session began, Mr. Pence’s aides issued a memorandum public styling out Vice President view what he didn’t have power over evidence insisted on by Mr. Trump and his attorney, John Eastman.
Shortly after 2:10 p.m., the court session was interrupted by loud noises. The crowd surged into building. At 14:24 – when the Democrats on committee said Mr Trump knew the Capitol had been hacked: President posted on Twitter that “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what needed to be done.”
At this point, the Secret Service transferred Mr. Pence from the Senate floor to his office through the hall. His advisors said noise from the rebels it was heard leading them to assume that they entered building. But still there was no all-pervading feeling of anxiety.
Once in his office Mr. Pence was sitting with his family including him brother, spokesman Greg Pence and top aides when Mr. Short ducked down to grab some food. Mrs. Pence drew the curtains to keep the rioters from watching. in.
Mr. Short made his way back to office. By the time Tim Giebels, lead Secret Service Agent for Mr Pence had made several attempts to push Mr. Pence and his family to move to another location. But soon he offered no more. Mr. Pence, he said, gotta get to safety.
The environment began to do its job. way down the stairs to the underground loading dock – the point at which they came closer than 40 feet of rioters. Mr Pence and his assistants know at that time just how they were close to the mafia, some of threatened kill his.
“I heard a roar of rioters in in building,” Mr. Jacob said at the hearing Thursday. “I don’t think I knew they were that close.”
From the loading bay, Mr. Pence answered calls from Congressional leaders. who was evacuated from the Capitol and ordered the Pentagon to send in National Guard. The Secret Service ordered him to infiltrate car and evacuate, but he refused to leave building.
“Vice President want take any chance what world see the vice president of The United States is fleeing the United States Capitol,” Mr. Jacob said Thursday, noting that Mr. Pence is not want to give rebels satisfaction of disruption of proceedings more what they had already Performed. “He was sure that we complete in work what we had set out do on that day.”
One person he never spoke to with again that day was mr trump, who not call verify on Mr Pence safety. Like the head of the White House of staff, Mark Meadows.
Immediately after 8 pm, the Senate Hall opened. again after the rioters were cleared from the complex.
“Today was a black day in in history of United States Capitol,” Mr. Pence said as the trial began. again. He was greeted with applause when he said, “Let’s back to work”.
Back at the White House, scrambled eggs on some of of his advisers, Mr. Trump told aides that wanted prohibit Mr. Short from entering the west wing from now on on.
At 3:42 in everything was in the morning over. Biden’s victory was certified.
At 3:50 am, after Mr. Pence and Mr. Short parted ways, Mr. Short wrote boss passage from the Bible.
“I fought with good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith, ”the message says.