Washington — He started the day with prayer.
Vice President Mike Pence is preparing to endure the final stages of a relentless campaign to illegally overturn the 2020 election results by President Donald J. Trump, and will be in the official residence on January 6, 2021. It started surrounded by the aide of. At the Naval Observatory, I asked God for guidance.
The group was expecting a difficult day. But what followed the next 12 hours was more dire than they had imagined.
An angry mob who chanted “hang Mike Pence” with a baseball bat and a pepper spray came within 40 feet of the Vice President. Details of Mr. Pence’s secret service had to take him to a safe place and detain him in the gut of the Capitol for nearly five hours. Mr. Trump called Mr. Pence a “weakling,” and that morning, on a crude and abusive call from the Oval Office, Mr. Trump’s daughter and a former White House aide testified.
And a secret witness who traveled to Washington with members of the Proud Boys far-right militia later told investigators that the group would have killed Mr. Pence and Chairman Nancy Pelosi if they had the chance. rice field.
These were one of the surprising new details revealed at the third hearing on Thursday by the House Select Commission to investigate the attack on the US Capitol on January 6.
Mr. Pence’s day has reached the dawn as usual.Vice President with Evangelical Faith It was a selling point Three people joined in prayer for adding him to the president’s ticket in 2016, but often the source of skepticism against Mr. Trump. Greg Jacob, his chief adviser. His Chief of Staff, Mark Short.And his legislative director, Chris Hodgson
Mr. Pence and his team were exposed to a large number of requests from Mr. Trump to refuse to prove the victory of the Electoral College of Joseph R. Byden Jr. at a joint parliamentary meeting. Two and a half centuries since the country was founded.
“We sought guidance and wisdom, knowing that the day would be a challenging day,” Short said in a videotape testimony played by the Commission.
While Pence was at the Naval Observatory, Trump was in the Oval Office with aides and family members such as Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Kimberly Gilfoil, and Ivanka Trump. rice field. He has already sent two Twitter posts that put more pressure on Mr. Pence, first at 1:00 am and second at 8:00 am, concluding that “Mike, this is a very courageous time!” I did.
At 11:20 am, Mr. Trump called Mr. Pence. Mr. Pence answered the phone away from his aides.
A group in the Oval Office was able to hear Mr. Trump’s phone side, but paid little attention to what appeared to have started as a daily conversation. But as Mr. Trump became more and more enthusiastic about Mr. Pence’s resolute refusal to give in, the call became harder to ignore.
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“I remember hearing the word’weak’,” Trump’s aide Nick Luna testified on a videotape. “‘Wimp’ is a word I remember.”
Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and former White House adviser, said in her videotape testimony, “It was a different tone than I had heard him take with the Vice President before. “.
Mr. Trump’s Chief of Staff, Julie Radford, appeared in a videotape testimony and said he had told her that he had a “upset” conversation with Mr. Pence shortly after the call. President Radford said he used the “P-ward.” (New York Times Previously reported “You can go down in history as a patriot or as a cat,” Trump told Pence, according to two people briefed in the conversation.
At the Naval Observatory, Mr. Pence returned to the room with a “firm,” “resolute,” and “severe” look after answering the phone, his former aide told the committee.
Meanwhile Mr. Trump was revised Speech he gave late that day To a flock of supporters on an ellipse. According to the committee, the early draft of the speech did not include Mr. Pence’s mention. However, after the call, the president included words that the video footage showed that the mob was offended.
“I hope Mike does the right thing,” Trump said in a speech. “That’s right. That’s right. If Mike Pence does the right thing, we’ll win.”
“All all Vice President Pence has to do is send him back to the state for recertification. We will be presidents and you are the happiest people,” continued Trump, who continued the election results. The state, the delayed tactics he wanted, would eventually keep him in power. If Mr. Pence did not obey, Mr. Trump told the crowd, “It will be a sad day for our country.”
He added: And I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and stupid people he hears, using the phrase “republicans by name only.”
Mr. Trump instructed his supporters to march to the Capitol and hear their own opinions.
By the time Mr. Pence arrived at the Capitol with his wife Karen Pence and his daughter Charlotte, angry mobs had already gathered outside.
Internally, when the joint session began, Mr. Pence’s aide released to the public a note showing the Vice President’s view that Mr. Trump and his lawyer, John Eastman, were not authorized to the alleged accreditation.
Immediately after 2:10 pm, the procedure was interrupted with a loud noise. The mobs were flocking to the building. At 2:24 pm, when a Democrat of the Commission said Mr. Trump knew that the Capitol had been compromised, the president posted on Twitter: I didn’t have the courage to do what I needed. “
At that point, Secret Services had moved Mr. Pence from the Senate room to his office across the hall. His adviser said he could hear the noise from the mobs and convinced them that they had entered the building. Still, there was still no sense of infestation.
When Mr. Pence arrived at the office, he sat down with his family, including his brother, Congressman Greg Pence, and Mr. Short hid downstairs to get some food. Mrs. Pence pulled a curtain to prevent the mob from looking into it.
Mr Short returned to the office. By that time, Mr. Pence’s chief secret service agent, Tim Gibels, gradually attempted to move Mr. Pence and his family to another location. But soon he was no longer making suggestions. Mr Pence had to be safe, he said.
The aides started down the stairs to the underground loading dock — where they came within 40 feet of the riot. Mr. Pence and his aides did not know at the time how close they were to the mob. Some of them threatened to kill him.
“I heard the hustle and bustle of riots in the building,” Jacob said in a hearing on Thursday. “I don’t think they were aware that they were so close.”
Mr. Pence ordered the Pentagon to send National Guard to handle calls from the shipping dock to parliamentary leaders evacuated from the Capitol complex. Secret Service instructed him to get in a car and evacuate, but he refused to leave the building.
“The Vice President didn’t want to risk the world seeing the U.S. Vice President flee from the Capitol,” Pence said he didn’t want to satisfy the mob, Jacob said Thursday. .. To confuse the procedure more than they have already done. “He decided to complete the work we were trying to do that day.”
The one who never spoke again that day was Mr. Trump, who did not call to confirm Mr. Pence’s safety. Not so was Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff.
After 8 pm, the Senate room reopened after the riots were removed from the complex.
“Today was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol,” Pence said when the procedure resumed. “Let’s get back to work” was greeted with applause.
Tired of returning to the White House and being fed up by some of his advisers, Mr. Trump told his aide that he wanted to ban Mr. Short from entering the West Wing after that.
At 3:42 in the morning, it was all over. Mr Biden’s victory was proven.
At 3:50 am, when Mr. Pence and Mr. Short went on different paths, Mr. Short sent a text message to his boss with a passage from the Bible.
“I had a good fight, I finished the race, I kept my faith,” the message read.