Former Vice President Mike Pence’s top aide warned the Secret Service the day before last yr’s riot on the U.S. Capitol that Pence could possibly be at risk after an expected betrayal by then-President Donald Trump, The Recent York Times reported Friday.
Chief of staff Marc Short told Pence’s lead Secret Service agent, Tim Giebels, that Trump was “going to show publicly against the vice chairman, and there could possibly be a security risk to Mr. Pence due to it,” reported Times journalist Maggie Haberman.
Short couldn’t predict what form the danger could take, but he did know that Pence’s refusal to interfere within the certification of the Electoral College count, which was a part of a desperate plan to maintain Trump in power, had triggered a “bitter breach” between the lads. At the identical time, Trump was “stoking the fury of his supporters” who were streaming into Washington, Haberman wrote.
Haberman said she uncovered the data as a part of research for her book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” which is scheduled to be published in October.
As Trump and his supporters desperately sought ways to overturn the election, Trump initially believed he could count on the normally “compliant” Pence.
Short’s warning to the Secret Service when Pence didn’t cooperate with Trump’s scheme, noted Haberman, proved to be prophetic. Hundreds of Trump supporters breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, after Trump told them at a close-by rally to march on the constructing and “fight like hell” as each houses of Congress were meeting to certify the 2020 electoral votes. Many were shouting “Hang Mike Pence” as they marauded through the Capitol, and a few had erected a makeshift gallows on the grounds.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told his Republican colleagues that Trump had expressed support for the rioters’ sentiment, saying something like, “Perhaps Pence ought to be hanged,” in response to a witness account provided to the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, the Times reported.
Through the violence, Giebels asked Pence twice to “evacuate the Capitol,” in response to the book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final 12 months,” by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. But Pence refused. “I’m not leaving the Capitol,” he told Giebels, fearful that speeding away from the constructing would “vindicate the rebel,” in response to the book.
He was escorted to a subterranean location, where Pence’s armored limousine awaited, and he was told to get within the automotive.
“I’m not getting within the automotive, Tim,” Pence replied, in response to Rucker and Leonnig. “If I get in that vehicle, you guys are taking off. I’m not getting within the automotive.”
At 4 that afternoon, Pence called Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, the book reported. “Get troops here; get them here now,” Pence ordered, in response to the authors. “We’ve got to get the Congress to do its business.”
Mike Pence addressed the Senate on Wednesday evening as lawmakers returned to certify the Electoral College vote.
“Today was a dark day within the history of the US Capitol,” Pence said. “We condemn the violence that took place here within the strongest possible terms.”
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 7, 2021
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