Shortly after hundreds of rioters in the Capitol began chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” in january. On September 6, 2021, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, left the dining room outside the Oval Office, entered his office and told colleagues that President Donald J. Trump was complaining about the vice president being moved to safety.
Mr. Meadows, according to a report submitted to the House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry on Jan. 6, then tell colleagues that mr. Trump had said something about the impact, perhaps mr. You must hang a penny.
It is not clear what tone Mr. Trump was said to have used. But the reported remark was further evidence of how intense the feud between the president and vice president was, and how Mr. Not only did Trump fail to take action to eliminate the rioters, he seemed to identify with their feelings for Mr. Pence — who lobbied unsuccessfully to prevent certification of the Electoral College results that day — as a reflection of his frustration at his inability to reverse his loss.
mr account. Trump’s comment was initially brought to the House committee by at least one witness, according to two people briefed on their work, with the committee laying out a timeline of what the president was doing during the riots.
Another witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Mr. Meadows who was present in his office when he narrated mr. Trump’s statements, in response to a question from the committee about the account and confirmed it, according to sources familiar with the committee’s work. The extent of the detailed information was not immediately clear. Hutchinson provided. She cooperated with the committee in three separate interviews after receiving a subpoena.
lawyer mr. Meadows said he had “every reason to believe” that the account of what Mr. “Not true,” the promoter said.
Taylor Bowdwich, a spokesman for Mr. Trump criticized the commission’s work. “The vague ‘leaks’ of this party committee, anonymous testimony and a willingness to alter evidence prove that it is just an extension of the campaign to discredit the Democrats that has been exposed time and time again for being fabricated and dishonest,” he said. “Americans are tired of Democrats’ lies and charades, but alas, that’s the only thing they have to offer.”
Mr. Bowdwich did not address the substance of the information submitted to the Committee.
lawyer mrs. Hutchinson did not respond to a letter seeking comment. A spokesman for the commission declined to comment.
Mr. Pence resisted weeks of pressure from Mr. Pence. Trump and some of his allies are using his ceremonial role to oversee congressional approval of the electoral votes on January 3rd. 6 to obstruct or delay the victory of Joseph R. Biden Jr. although mr. Pence and his advisers emphasized that they did not believe the vice president had that power, Mr. Pence. Trump continued to apply pressure, both publicly and privately, until that morning.
Mr. trump denounced mr. Pence’s unwillingness to go through with the effort he made during his Ellipse rally before the Electoral College testimonial began at the Capitol.
“We want to be very respectful of everyone,” Mr. Trump said in a slasher speech that he attacked various people and institutions for not cooperating with his wishes. “And we have to fight harder. Mike Pence will have to come for us, and if he doesn’t, it will be a sad day for our country. Because you have sworn to honor our Constitution.”
After a short time, said Mr. Trump supporters marched to the Capitol to cheer him on. Some chanted, “Hang Mike Pence!” The noose was also erected outside the Capitol. Mr. Pence, who had earlier arrived at the Capitol, was moved to a safe place in an underground garage where the bipartisan Congressional leadership had been evacuated.
Mr. Trump, who had been watching TV throughout the riots, spoke approvingly of those chants as he discussed it with Mr. A promoter and possibly other aid, according to the testimony heard by the commission.
Mr. Trump provoked his displeasure with Mr. Pence made it clear not only to his aides but to the public when he tweeted at 2:24 p.m., as rioters crowded into the building, that “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what had to be done to protect our country and our Constitution.”
The commission is trying to put together a report that depicts the events as part of the mr. Trump’s quest to stay in office, including how he has stored anger over his loss among his supporters and redirected it against Mr. Pence and members of Congress during what is usually a routine certification process.
The committee also collected testimony that Mr. Meadows used the fireplace in his office to burn documents, according to two people familiar with the committee’s questions. The committee inquired of eyewitnesses about how Mr. Meadows handled documents and records after the election.