Pence’s refusal to leave the Capitol is ‘chilling’

  • Representative Jamie Raskin said former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to vacate the Capitol building was “chilling”.
  • During the Capitol riot, Pence’s security agents tried to convince him to get into a car away from the scene.
  • “I’m not getting in the car,” Pence told his top security officer.

Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland said it was “chilling” to learn that former Vice President Mike Pence refused to leave the Capitol as insurgents stormed the building.

During the January 6 uprising of last year, protesters, encouraged by former President Donald Trump, clashed with police and stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers gathered to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Since the riot on Capitol Hill, lawmakers and police have come forward to detail the trauma they say they have experienced. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, said she thought she would be raped and killed. She said she and an employee hid in the bathroom as a group of angry Trump supporters shouted her name.

Amidst the chaos, it was previously reported that Pence, charged with leading the certification, refused to leave the Capitol. Secret Service agents quickly escorted Pence into his ceremonial office, but feared the rioters would break the room’s glass windows. So they “twice” asked him to evacuate the building, according to an account of the events reported by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig.

“I’m not leaving the Capitol,” Pence said. He refused to get into an armored limousine.

“I trust you, Tim, but you’re not driving the car,” Pence told his top security officer, Tim Giebels. “If I get in that vehicle, you’re leaving. I’m not getting in the car.”

The moment stayed with Raskin, who serves on the House panel charged with investigating the Capitol riot.

Pence “pronounced what I think are the six most chilling words of this whole thing I’ve seen so far: ‘I’m not getting in that car,'” Raskin said earlier this week, according to NBC News.

So far, more than 810 people have been charged in connection with the insurrection, according to the Insider Database. In many cases, the FBI used social media posts to identify participants.

Prior to the Capitol Hill riot, Republican lawmakers colluded with Trump and his aides to prevent Biden from assuming the presidency, according to testimony by an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Raskin said the testimony presented before the panel “will really blow the roof off the Chamber.”

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