During Thursday’s third televised hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee, former Vice President Mike Pence played the role of the hero: a guy who rejected intense pressure from powerful allies and almost missed violent death in order to do the right thing and save the constitutional republic.
Republicans John Eastman, who penned a series of memoranda arguing that Vice President Pence had the legal authority to change the election results on his own, and former President Donald Trump were the primary antagonists.
Trump Called Pence
Trump called Pence at 11:20 a.m. before he left his official residence to oversee the counting of Biden’s victory in Congress, according to the panel. Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter, told the committee that the conversation was “very intense” and Trump used a “different tone” with Pence.
House Oversight Committee
In testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Trump assistant Nick Luna said the epithet “wimp” had been used to describe him. It’s the term “wimp” that sticks in my mind. the “P word,” telling Pence he could “either go down in history as [history’s] patriot] or [history’s pussy],” according to the New York Times’ Julie Radford, Trump’s chief of staff.
Trump Made Passive-Aggressive Comments to Pence
As a result of their conversation, Trump made passive-aggressive comments to Pence in his speech at the “Stop the Steal” protest gathering. An furious mob of Trump fans had gathered outside the Capitol by the time Pence arrived, and Trump’s following tweets berating Pence sparked screams of “Hang Mike Pence!” among the crowd, the committee said. When Trump learned of the chanting, he responded, “maybe our folks have the correct idea,” and Pence “deserves it,” according to testimony given to the committee at a previous session.
During Thursday Session
Rep. Pete Aguilar stated during Thursday’s session that it wasn’t an ideal threat, and he didn’t like it. According to a witness, some of the Proud Boys who broke into the Capitol indicated they would have killed Vice President Mike Pence if they had found him. According to Aguilar, Pence and his entourage were about 40 feet away from a crowd of enraged protesters when they were taken into Capitol Hill’s basement for safekeeping.
Newly released images of Vice President Pence during the riot were also shown by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Jan. 6.
Pence was conspicuously absent from Thursday’s hearings. Instead of being praised for his bravery in Washington, he was attending a roundtable in Ohio. He refused to answer any of the questions put to him.