As the Capitol was stormed on Jan. 6, 2021, law enforcement officers were beaten unconscious and members of Vice President Mike Pence’s Secret Service feared for their lives. But President Donald Trump chose not to act, an intentional decision that the House Select Committee investigating the attack said was just one of many ways Trump violated his oath of office. office and showed that he was responsible for the insurrection.
The panel’s eighth public hearing — led by Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. – Thursday night was the culmination of a series of successful and dramatic summer presentations that collectively showed how Trump sought to stop lawmakers from counting the state’s electoral votes, a crowd of his supporters summoned to Washington. , then chose not to tone down the violence in the Capitol for three hours.
Trump “watched TV, tweeted, called senators in an attempt to delay the electoral vote count, called Rudy Giuliani and argued with his staff who insisted he call off the attack,” said Luria, referring to her former personal attorney.
On Jan. 6, as rioters burst into the Capitol around 2:13 p.m., members of Pence’s Secret Service rushed to safety, just yards from the angry mob. Officers held Pence in his office, just off the Senate floor, for 13 minutes as they worked to clear a safe path to safety.
The situation was so precarious that officers were “beginning to fear for their own lives” and making “calls to say goodbye to family members,” according to a White House security official who spoke to the committee. with his identity masked. The Secret Service detail thought “it was about to get really ugly,” the official said. At 2:26 p.m., Pence was rushed out of his office to a safe location.