Trump knew ‘violent mob’ was at Capitol before Pence tweet

President Trump was aware that the US Capitol had been hurt by his supporters when he condemned Vice President Pence in a tweet on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, a House Democrat leader said at a committee hearing on Thursday.

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, said in his opening remarks that Americans will hear from witnesses that “Donald Trump Pressure has been exerted by Mike Pence to adopt a legally and morally bankrupt idea that the vice president could choose who can be the next president.”

After Trump lost dozens of court cases in states that Trump lost to President Biden in 2020, Trump urged then-Vice President Mike Pence in a last-ditch attempt to deny Congress certification of Electoral College votes, a move Pence and others preceded had warned Vice President exceeded his authority.

“You’re going to hear the vice president, White House counsel and others tell Donald Trump that the vice president doesn’t have that kind of authority, but President Trump wouldn’t listen,” Aguilar said. “You will hear how Vice President Pence withstood an onslaught by President Trump, both public and private, a pressure campaign that escalated to a fever with a heated phone call on January 6th. You will also hear that the President knew there was a violent mob in the Capitol when he tweeted at 2:24 p.m. that the Vice President did not have the ‘courage’ to do what needed to be done.”

Trump’s full tweet read: “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution and give states an opportunity to confirm a corrected set of facts, not those.” fraudulent or inaccurate, which they were asked to certify beforehand. USA demands truth!”

In video shown during the hearing, the committee showed Trump delivering a speech warning supporters it will be “a sad day for our country” if Pence doesn’t “get through for us.”

Another clip showed an unidentified Trump supporter recording himself saying he heard Pence “breaking in,” and those around him asking if that was true.

“I’m telling you, if Pence backs down, we’re going to drag Mother through the streets,” the man said. “You f— politicians will f— bring drugs through the streets.”

The committee also played footage of Trump supporters inside the Capitol urging Pence to come outside, as well as chants to “Hang Mike Pence!” and an image of a noose and gallows outside the Capitol.

“How did we get to the point where President Trump’s most radical supporters led a violent attack on the Capitol and threatened to hang President Trump’s own vice president?” asked Aguilar. “Let me get one thing straight: Vice President Pence did the right thing that day. He has remained true to his oath to protect and defend the Constitution.”

Also among the witnesses for Thursday’s hearing are Pence’s chief attorney, Greg Jacob, and retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig. Trump knew ‘violent mob’ was at Capitol before Pence tweet

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