Mike Pence refused to leave the Capitol during the riot despite Secret Service agents urging him to evacuate, saying, ‘I’m not getting in the car’: book

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results.

  • Pence did not want to leave the Capitol as rioters stormed the building on January 6, a new book says.
  • “I Alone Can Fix It” reveals how Pence wanted Congress to return to finish the electoral certification.
  • “We can’t let the world see that our process of confirming the next president can be delayed,” he said.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence refused to leave the Capitol as rioters stormed the building on January 6, according to a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig.

The authors provide a behind-the-scenes account of the Capitol insurrection in their new book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” which is slated for release on Tuesday. The Post published an excerpt of the book on Thursday.

Presiding over a joint session of Congress, Pence was leading the certification of the 2020 election results, a constitutional duty that former President Donald Trump wanted him to abandon based on false claims that the race was stolen. The certification started around 1 p.m. on January 6.

When a crowd of Trump supporters breached the Capitol complex about an hour into the certification process, Secret Service agents swiftly escorted Pence to his ceremonial office near the Senate floor, the book said. But Pence’s security detail was worried for his safety because the room they were in had glass windows that rioters could potentially break, the authors wrote.

Tim Giebels, Pence’s lead security agent, asked the former vice president “twice” to evacuate the building, the book says. But Pence did not want to bow down to the rioters and flee the scene, according to the book.

“I’m not leaving the Capitol,” he reportedly told Giebels.

Giebels tried a third time, telling Pence that: “The room you’re in is not secure.”

“I need to move you. We’re going,” Giebels added, per the book.

The protective detail then ushered Pence, along with his wife Karen, daughter Charlotte, and his brother, Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana, down a staircase to the former vice president’s armored limousine, where they could “hold” up, the book says.

Pence refused to get in the car. “I trust you, Tim, but you’re not driving the car,” Pence reportedly told Giebels. “If I get in that vehicle, you guys are taking off. I’m not getting in the car.”

Pence and his family then waited out the riot from an underground but undisclosed location inside the Capitol, the authors wrote. He was adamant that Congress finish its work that same night, the book says.

“We need to get back tonight,” Pence reportedly told top lawmakers and defense officials on a call. “We can’t let the world see that our process of confirming the next president can be delayed.”

Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell also wanted to stand their ground against the the rioters and complete the election certification, the book says. The top Democrat and Republican as well as fellow leaders Chuck Schumer and Kevin McCarthy were transported from the Capitol to Fort McNair, an Army post in Southwest Washington, during the chaos, per the book.

“We’re going back to the Capitol,” Pelosi reportedly said on the call. “You just tell us how long it will take to get rid of these people.”

“I want it cleared out now. The Senate needs to get its business done,” McConnell also said, according to the book.

Congress reconvened and Pence returned to the chamber at 8:06 p.m., the authors wrote. They certified President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory at 3:24 a.m. on January 7.

Trump did not personally check in on Pence at any point during the riot, the book reported.

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Trump changed the date of his Juneteenth Tulsa rally after a Black Secret Service agent told him it was ‘very offensive,’ book says

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Former President Donald Trump.

The Trump campaign team changed the date of the controversial Tulsa rally after a Black Secret Service member told the former president that holding it on Juneteenth was “very offensive” to him, according to a forthcoming book by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender.

The reported detail was revealed in an excerpt of the book, “Frankly We Did Win This Election’: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump Lost,” which was published in Politico on Friday.

According to Bender, Trump’s team – including former campaign manager Brad Parscale – was unaware of the date’s significance in America when they selected the date and location for the ex-president’s first rally since the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“No one on Parscale’s team flagged that day – or that combination of time and place – as potentially problematic,” the journalist wrote, according to The Hill.

The former president said in an interview last year that it was a Black Secret Service agent who had informed him about the history of Juneteenth, although Bender has now revealed more details about that conversation.

“Yes, I know what it is,” the unnamed agent said to Trump when he asked him about the day, according to Bender. “And it’s very offensive to me that you’re having this rally on Juneteenth.”

Several hours later, Trump tweeted that he wished to change the date of his rally.

Juneteenth – celebrated on June 19 – marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers went to Galveston, Texas, to tell the last remaining enslaved Black Americans that they were free.

President Joe Biden this week signed a bill passed by both chambers of Congress to make Juneteenth a federal holiday starting in 2021.

Additionally, Tulsa, Oklahoma – the location that Parscale selected for the rally – was the scene of one of the worst massacres of Black Americans in US history.

As many as 300 Black residents of Tulsa were killed by a mob of white locals, who looted and destroyed countless businesses and homes in 1921.

The riot also displaced thousands of Black Tulsans, with the Red Cross estimating that over 1,200 homes in the area were burned down and hundreds more looted.

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Trump’s family members cost US taxpayers more than $140,000 in the month after he left office, records show

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Trump family members (L to R) Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump attend an event in Washington, DC.

  • Trump’s children cost US taxpayers nearly $141,000 in the four weeks after he left office.
  • The watchdog group CREW obtained records showing the cost for Secret Service protection for Trump’s family.
  • The records don’t include charges at Trump properties, meaning the actual cost to taxpayers is likely higher.
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Before he left office, then President Donald Trump took the unusual step of extending Secret Service protection for his three adult children for six months after he was out of the White House.

In the first four weeks after he left office, that protection cost US taxpayers nearly $141,000, according to records obtained by the watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW).

From January 21 to February 21, taxpayers shelled out $140,975.14 to pay for the Trump kids’ Secret Service detail. According to CREW, the transportation cost was $52,296.75 while hotel costs were close to $90,000.

The group noted that the records do not cover Secret Service costs at Trump properties, where the former president and his children frequently spend their time. That indicates the actual cost to taxpayers since he left office is much higher than what’s included in the documents CREW obtained.

Trump and his family members often made headlines while he was in office for their lavish lifestyle and frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago and other Trump golf clubs on the taxpayers’ dime.

In October, The Washington Post reported that Trump properties had raked in more than $8 million since he took office in January 2017.

After Trump became president, several foreign countries with embassies in Washington, DC, began hosting parties and events at his properties in what ethics experts say was a bid to curry favor with the president.

In December 2018, the Post reported that Saudi-funded lobbyists rented 500 rooms at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, shortly after the 2016 election. They spent more than $270,000 for the rooms, according to the report.

The Republican National Committee also spent nearly $2 million at Trump Organization hotels and resorts during his presidency. And Trump’s campaign, which was funded in part by donations from the president’s supporters and big-dollar donors, has spent more than $14 million at his properties.

Meanwhile, Trump’s repeated efforts to overturn the results of the election based on nonsense conspiracy theories cost the taxpayers $519 million, The Post found.

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The Trump Organization charged taxpayers for undisclosed stays and luxury car rentals at his foreign golf resorts

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Donald Trump golfing at Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

  • US taxpayers paid thousands of dollars to Donald Trump’s resorts in Ireland and Scotland in 2017, during previously undisclosed visits.
  • The Scotsman reported on expenses showing taxpayers were charged for Secret Service accommodation during stays by Trump’s son Eric.
  • The receipts provide further evidence of how the former president’s family benefited from his time in office.
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US taxpayers paid Donald Trump’s resorts in Ireland and Scotland in 2017 for previously undisclosed visits by his family and the Secret Service, The Scotsman reported, providing further evidence of how the former president’s family benefited from his time in office.

The Scotsman’s report was based on invoices and spending records obtained by American Oversight, a Washington-based ethics watchdog.

They showed previously undisclosed expenses which included a $7,500 invoice from Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland dated August 14, 2017.

It is unclear who visited Turnberry that month, The Scotsman reported, but Trump’s son Eric had flown to Scotland the previous month to play golf at his father’s resorts.

The newly disclosed expenses included a $7,365 invoice from Trump’s Doonbeg resort in Ireland dated July 22 and 23, 2017 to cover the cost of Secret Service accommodation. There was another $9,300 invoice from the Doonbeg resort to cover Secret Service accommodation in April 2017 during a separate trip by Eric.

The records also show US taxpayers were charged thousands of dollars for luxury car rentals during Eric Trump’s visit.

The executive director of American Oversight, Austin Evers, told the Scotsman: “No-one objects to the Trump family receiving Secret Service protection, but every time they charge their security detail to stay at a Trump hotel, thousands of taxpayer dollars line their pockets.”

The latest disclosures represent a wider pattern of Trump’s record of charging taxpayers for stays at his own resorts during his time in office.

Trump’s properties reportedly raked in at least $8.1 million from US taxpayers since he took office in January 2017. The president’s Mar-A-Lago golf club even charged taxpayers $3 for a glass of water when Trump hosted former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Florida resort.

Trump faced criticism when Politico reported that members of the US Air Force made a stop at his Turnberry resort and stayed there for days, which the report said raised “the possibility that the military has helped keep Trump’s Turnberry resort afloat.”

The Secret Service spent more than $1 million alone on stays at Trump-owned resorts during his presidency, the Washington Post reported.

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Trump reportedly granted Secret Service protections to all his adult children and 3 top officials before he left the White House. It will cost US taxpayers millions.

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021

  • Former President Donald Trump granted extended Secret Service protections to his four adult children and their spouses before he left the White House, The Washington Post reported.
  • Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien will also receive the expensive, full-time security detail.
  • The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, especially given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do related to the family company.
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Former President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protections for all of his adult children and their spouses, as well as three top administration officials, just before leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The taxpayer-funded security will be extended to Trump’s four adult children and their spouses – Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump, three people familiar with the president’s request told The Post. Trump’s grandchildren will also be included in the protections deriving from that of their parents.

Former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien were also granted Secret Service protections by the president, according to The Post report.

The extended security detail could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, The Post reported, especially given the amount of traveling that the Trump children do related to the family company, the Trump Organization.

“From 2017 to 2019, government records show, Trump family members took more than 4,500 trips that required the Secret Service to travel alongside them, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars,” according to The Post report.

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Typically, Trump and his wife Melania are automatically granted the expensive 24-hour protection for their lifetimes, and their 14-year-old son Barron will receive such protections until the age of 16. Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are also entitled to full-time security detail post-administration for the next six months.

Trump isn’t the first president to extend Secret Service protections to those who aren’t automatically entitled to receive them. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush granted security details to their college-age daughters for a period of time following their terms. Former President Barack Obama extended protections to his daughters Sasha and Malia after he left office, who were in high school and college respectively.

The news of the security detail extension comes on the heels of President Joe Biden being inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States just before noon on Wednesday. Just hours before, Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump left the White House aboard Marine One to Palm Beach, Florida.

The Secret Service is also prepping to grant protections to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and their families, including Biden’s two adult children and Harris’ two stepchildren.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner spent $100K of taxpayer money renting a bathroom so Secret Service agents didn’t have to use theirs

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump walk on the south lawn of the White House on November 29, 2020.

  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have spent $100,000 on bathroom accommodations for their Secret Service detail after barring the agents from using their bathrooms, The Washington Post reported
  • Law enforcement officials told The Post that the president’s daughter and son-in-law barred the Secret Service from using their 6.5 bathrooms when they first moved into their DC mansion in 2017. 
  • In September 2017, the federal government began renting a $3,000-a-month studio apartment across the street from the Trump-Kushner residence for the agents’ bathroom needs.
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Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner, a top aide to the president, have spent about $100,000 on bathroom accommodations for their Secret Service detail after prohibiting the agents from using the bathrooms in their Washington mansion, The Washington Post reported Thursday. 

Law enforcement officials told The Post that the president’s daughter and son-in-law barred the Secret Service from using their 6.5 bathrooms when they first moved into their home in DC’s wealthy Kalorama neighborhood in 2017. Instead, they offered the agents a porta-potty outside on the sidewalk.

But after multiple neighbors complained about the porta-potty, the agents were forced to relieve themselves at a bathroom in former President Barack Obama’s garage nearby, at the vice president’s compound a mile up Massachusetts avenue, and at businesses in the area. 

Finally, in September 2017, the federal government began renting a $3,000-a-month studio apartment across the street from the Trump-Kushner residence for the agents’ bathroom needs. The government has so far spent about $100,000 on rent for the basement apartment and is expected to spend another $44,000 as the apartment has been leased until September 2021.

White House spokesman Judd Deere denied that Trump and Kushner had prohibited their Secret Service detail from using the bathrooms in their house in a statement to The Post. 

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Doctor who criticized Trump’s actions during COVID-19 hospital stay removed from Walter Reed schedule: report

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A car with US President Trump drives past supporters in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020.

  • Dr. James Phillips has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.
  • Phillips criticized President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for COVID-19 in October.
  • During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”
  • Walter Reed officials told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”
  • The president was treated at Walter Reed for four days before being released.
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Dr. James Phillips, the emergency room physician who called out President Donald Trump for his decision to greet supporters while he was being treated for the coronavirus in October, has been removed from the schedule at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center beginning in January, according to CBS News.

On October 4, Trump rode in a motorcade with attending Secret Service agents while still being infected with COVID-19. Phillips, the chief of disaster and operational medicine at George Washington University and an attending physician at Walter Reed, harshly criticized the president’s actions at the time.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Phillips wrote: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

He added in another tweet that has also been deleted: “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”

During an October 5 interview on “Today,” Phillips said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous move” and the “wrong message to be sending.”

Officials at Walter Reed told CBS News that the hospital “provides requirements for contract positions,” and stated that “schedules are determined by the contractor.”

They added: “There was no decision made by anyone at WRNMMC to remove Dr. Phillips from the schedule.”

This decision comes more than two months after Phillips’ initial criticism and a month after President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump in the November general election.

“Colleagues of Dr. Phillips were surprised that a disaster medicine specialist would be eliminated from the schedule at a busy military hospital at a time when Maryland is nearing a record high for COVID-19 hospitalizations,” according to CBS News.

Trump, who revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on October 2, stayed at the Walter Reed facility in Bethesda, Maryland for four days before being released. The first lady, Melania Trump, and their son, Barron, were also infected with the virus but recuperated at the White House.

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