Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attends a press conference on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2022.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke Sunday about his experience throughout the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, stating that he, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “were resolute” about calling within the military and continuing the electoral vote count.
“Speaker Pelosi and I were resolute that first the military should are available and take away people from the Capitol. The Capitol Police were overwhelmed,” Schumer said in line with reports from NBC News. “And we called the Secretary of Defense. We call[ed] the governors of Virginia and Maryland who had national guard in addition to the D.C. police and urge[d] them to send reinforcements to the Capitol to be sure that these hooligans were removed.”
Schumer’s account follows the Jan. 6 House select committee’s ninth public hearing Thursday afternoon, where members took a broad take a look at the findings from its investigation, interspersed with latest clips and data.
The hearing showed latest clips of Pelosi and others calling multiple Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, to induce them to take motion to quell the riot as they hid from the mob that overran the Capitol.
A few of the footage, captured by Pelosi’s daughter, showed Schumer and other members of Congress running to a secure location, in line with NBC News.
Schumer said that one good moment from the day got here when Republicans and Democrats got here together and decided to proceed counting the electoral vote.
“One good moment was when the 4 leaders, two Democrats and two Republicans got together at about five o’clock and said we aren’t going to let these hooligans stop the federal government process,” he said. “They’d have succeeded. If we’d have delayed counting the electoral vote, lord knows what would have happened.”
The House select committee unanimously voted Thursday to subpoena former President Donald Trump about his actions surrounding the revolt in a move that has been into consideration for a while.
The vote marks the boldest step yet for the bipartisan panel, which has to date issued greater than 100 subpoenas and interviewed greater than 1,000 people throughout its investigation.