Contradicting defense lawyers, sources say Trump put Pence’s life in danger and didn’t check in after the riot

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President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a coronavirus briefing in February 2020.

  • Pence allies repeatedly said Trump was made aware that he was in danger during the Capitol riot. 
  • Trump’s defense team on Friday told Congress that Trump was not aware that Pence was evacuated. 
  • “At no point was the president informed the vice president was in any danger,” a Trump lawyer said.
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Sources close to former Vice President Mike Pence contradicted statements made by defense lawyers for former President Donald Trump who said he was never aware that Pence was in danger. 

GOP Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins asked Trump’s lawyer Michael van der Veen whether or not Trump knew that Pence was in danger when he criticized Pence in a tweet as he was being evacuated on January 6 at 2:24 p.m. Vox report

“The answer is no,” van der Veen responded.

He added: “At no point was the president informed the vice president was in any danger.”

Trump is currently facing an impeachment trial in the Senate for a charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 Capitol attack. 

Trump supporters breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement. The riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.   

On Wednesday, Sen. Tommy Tuberville said he told Trump that Pence had been evacuated for his safety as rioters were nearing the Senate floor, Politico reported. 

“I said ‘Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go,'” Tuberville told Politico. 

The phone call occurred at the same time as Trump tweeted out criticizing Pence for not stoping the certification for President Joe Biden’s victory. 

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Additionally, a senior administration official told The Washington Post that he finds it “inconceivable” that Trump and his team would not have been told that Pence was evacuated. The White House security team is normally told of any abnormal movement that involves the vice president. 

Sources told Post told that Pence and his Chief of Staff, Marc Short, had on multiple occasions explained to Trump that he did not have the power to alter the election results. A Pence ally also said that while the former vice president hasn’t publically attacked Trump, he is furious that Trump called the mob against him. 

The Post added that Trump never called Pence to make sure he was okay after the attack and it was Short, who called Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, to let them know they were okay. 

Short also told Meadows that after the building was secured that they would move forward with certifying the vote, and Meadows did not object, the Post reported. 

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Trump told Pence ‘you can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p—y’ before certification vote in Congress, The New York Times reported

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President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on February 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • In a conversation before a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters overtook the Capitol while Vice President Mike Pence was certifying his election loss, Trump told Pence that he “can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p—y,” The New York Times reported.
  • Ultimately, Pence followed the US Constitution on January 6 and bucked Trump’s pressure campaign after being locked down inside the Capitol.
  • On Tuesday, Pence sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirming that he would not support forcibly removing Trump via the 25th Amendment, accusing the Democrats of playing “political games.”
  • On Wednesday, the House is set to vote on articles of impeachment against Trump for his role in inciting the riot, potentially making Trump the first President to ever be impeached on two separate occasions.
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A new report sheds light on the confrontational nature of Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s conversations ahead of the January 6 certification vote and insurrection at the Capitol.

Pence was presiding over the electoral vote count certification at the Capitol on January 6, where he made it clear he would move forward with President-elect Joe Biden’s election certification. When an armed mob of Trump supporters, egged on by Trump and GOP colleagues, overtook the Capitol and stormed the Senate chamber, lawmakers were forced to lock down for four hours. 

During that time, as Pence was locked down, Trump reportedly did not call to check on him but instead tweeted another attack at Pence.

According to the New York Times, Trump relentlessly pressured Pence in personal conversations ahead of the January 6 vote to change his mind.

In a last-ditch attempt to persuade Pence as he headed to the Capitol, Trump called him and said, “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p—y,” The Times reported, citing two people familiar with the conversation.

Ultimately, Pence followed the US Constitution on January 6, presiding over Biden’s certification in Congress and bucking Trump’s pressure campaign.

Throughout their nearly four years in power, the two have rarely clashed, with Pence providing silent, stoic support for Trump’s agenda. 

“I’m glad he didn’t break the law, but it’s kind of hard to call somebody courageous for choosing not to help overthrow our democratic system of government,” said Rep. Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey told The Times. “He’s got to understand that the man he’s been working for and defending loyally is almost single-handedly responsible for creating a movement in this country that wants to hang Mike Pence.”

On Tuesday, Pence sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirming that he would not support forcibly removing Trump via the 25th amendment, accusing the Democrats of playing “political games.”

On Wednesday, the House is set to vote on articles of impeachment against Trump for his role in inciting the riot, potentially making Trump the first President to ever be impeached on two separate occasions.

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Pence and Trump reportedly spoke for first time since deadly riot and will continue to work together for ‘the remainder of their term’

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Donald Trump and Mike Pence walk to deliver a coronavirus update in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, September 28, 2020.

  • According to Bloomberg Senior White House Correspondent Jennifer Jacobs, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump met at the oval office today for the first time since the riots at the Capitol.
  • A senior administration official told CNN that Pence and Trump, “reiterated that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America First movement backed by 75 million Americans, and pledged to continue the work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term.”
  • On Sunday, NBC News confirmed that Pence and Trump still had not spoken.
  • Pence’s willingness to “end their term” signals that he does not support invoking 25th Amendment proceedings against Trump, which Insider first reported last week.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued an ultimatum to Pence saying that if he did not invoke the 25th Amendment, Democrats will vote on impeaching Trump.
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met and spoke for the first time since the deadly riot at the Capitol last week, an insurrection that transpired while Pence was inside presiding over the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.

According to Bloomberg News’s senior White House correspondent, Jennifer Jacobs, the two met at the Oval Office today during a meeting that was not publicly announced. 

A senior administration official present at the meeting told CNN that Pence and Trump, “reiterated that those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America First movement backed by 75 million Americans, and pledged to continue the work on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reports described the meeting as friendly and stated that Pence wanted to tout what he and Trump see as the administration’s wins. 

Last week, as a violent mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol while Pence was inside, CNN reported that Trump did not call to check on Pence or his family. On Sunday, NBC News confirmed that Pence and Trump still had not spoken.

On Monday, Republicans blocked an attempt by House Democrats to introduce a resolution for Pence to forcibly remove Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Pence a deadline to invoke 25th Amendment or the House will move to impeach the president.

Democrats have planned to take up a vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday for his role in the insurrection; he could become the first president to be impeached twice.

Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that she tried to reach out to Pence to gauge his willingness to explore the 25th Amendment, but was placed on hold and did not get through.

“I was at home, so I was running the dishwasher, putting my clothes in the laundry. We’re still waiting for him to return the call,” Pelosi said Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”

According to the reports, Pence is hoping to set a positive spin on the administration’s accomplishments through events in their last week, while also facilitating Biden’s transition. 

Pence has stated that he will attend Biden’s inauguration while last Friday, Trump confirmed that he will not attend President-elect Biden’s inauguration. 

After last week’s riots and chaos, federal authorities are taking extra security precautions around Washington, DC, and the Capitol buildings in advance of the inauguration next week. 

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Mike Pence’s daughter tweets congratulations to Biden and Harris, after being in the Capitol during the violent mob

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In this image from video, Vice President Mike Pence speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

  • CNN reported that during the four-hour siege by rioters at the Capitol, President Donald Trump did not check on Mike Pence and his family, who were on lockdown.
  • The report also described a tense meeting at the White House before the certification process, where Pence’s chief of staff was not allowed in the West Wing as Pence was pressured to reject the election results.
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On Thursday, the day after a riotous mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Vice President Mike Pence and his family were sheltering inside, Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence Bond congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Twitter. 

“Congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris,” Pence bond tweeted.

Pence Bond, alongside her mother Karen Pence and Mike Pence’s brother Rep. Greg Pence, were attending the certification ceremony when the Capitol was stormed by an angry mob of Trump supporters and members inside the chamber were forced into lockdown.

But President Donald Trump did little to check on Vice President Mike Pence and members of his family as they were stuck in the Capitol during yesterday’s attempted insurrection, according to CNN.

During the formal counting of electoral votes, which Pence was presiding over, armed insurrectionists breached the Capitol, following a rally featuring President Donald Trump, who complained about Pence during his 70-minute speech.

Once rioters made it inside, lawmakers were locked down inside the Capitol for four hours until law enforcement secured the area and the session eventually resumed.

While locked down alongside his family members, a source close to Mike Pence told CNN that the vice president was frightened as the mob paraded the halls of congress shouting, “where’s Mike Pence?”

“Was he concerned at all that an angry mob that he commanded to march on the Capitol might injure the vice president or his family?” the source close to Mike Pence told CNN.

Wednesday also solidified a fundamental, bubbling rift between Trump and Pence, as Pence ultimately rejected Trump’s wishes to jeopardize President-elect Joe Biden’s certification. 

CNN reported that prior to the session in the Senate, Pence was heavily pressured at the White House by Trump in an hours-long meeting to reject the election results.

“The message was pretty clear,” the source told CNN, adding that Pence was warned with “thinly veiled threats,” about the political consequences for his refusal to endorse Trump’s attempted coup. 

The report added that Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, was banned from entering the West Wing during the tense meeting.

“Rudy, Meadows, and their teams have been trying to set up the vice president to take the fall as opposed to admitting they laid out false hope in all of this,” the source told CNN. “Trump just can’t admit defeat and wants a scapegoat.” 

Later, the report added, Trump did not check up on the Vice President and his family as the siege was underway.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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A 20-year-old campaign staffer for Sen. Kelly Loeffler died in a crash before Pence held a campaign event in Georgia

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) speaks after being endorsed by Georgia Republican House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene during a joint press conference on October 15, 2020 in Dallas, Georgia.

  • A 20-year-old campaign staffer for Sen. Kelly Loeffler was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Georgia on Friday morning.
  • Harrison Deal was also a former intern for GOP Sen. David Perdue and a close family friend of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
  • It is not clear whether the 20-year-old was performing campaign duties at the time of the accident.
  • The accident came ahead of a campaign event that featured Vice President Mike Pence, who described Deal as “a truly wonderful young man.”
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A 20-year-old campaign staffer for Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler died in a car crash on Friday ahead of a campaign event held by Vice President Mike Pence.

The young man was identified as Harrison Deal. Hewas killed in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 16 in Pooler on Friday morning.

It is not clear whether he was performing campaign duties at the time of the accident.

Deal, who was due to graduate from the University of Georgia in 2022, was also a former intern for GOP Sen. David Perdue and a close family friend of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

In a tweet on Friday, Kemp posted a picture of Deal with his family alongside a statement that described the 20-year-old as “the Kemp son and brother we never had.”

Loeffler also mourned the death of her young staffer, taking to Twitter to remember him as a “smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man” who was a “beloved member of our campaign team.”

 

 

The incident happened ahead of Pence’s rally in Savannah on Friday afternoon. 

The vice president was visiting the state to stump for Loeffler and Perdue, who face a crucial runoff election against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on January 5.

If Republicans lose both races, the Senate will be divided 50-50, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will break ties.

President Trump is also scheduled to visit the state on Saturday for an evening rally.

Both Loeffler and Kemp missed the rally, with Kemp’s spokesperson citing a “family emergency” on Twitter.

In his opening remarks on Friday, Pence called Deal a “truly wonderful young man” before asking the crowd to bow their head in prayer.

“Before I begin, I know we were all just informed that a young man on Sen. Loeffler’s staff lost his life in a fatal car accident this afternoon,” the vice president said, according to Fox News.“Sen. Loeffler’s on her way back to Atlanta to support that young man’s family and her staff. She goes with our prayers.”

Pooler police have not released the exact cause of the crash and are continuing to investigate. A spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal that others involved in the wreck suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

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