Trump put Pence in more danger than we knew

We now know that there were two moments when Vice President Mike Pence’s life was in particular danger on Jan. 6, 2021. 

The first came shortly after Pence was evacuated from the Senate chamber following rioters having gained access to the building. 

The vice president was hustled into a ceremonial office across a short hallway, just moments before a crowd of rioters climbed a set of stairs to arrive near the same spot. 

Had Officer Eugene Goodman not had the presence of mind to goad the rioters in the opposite direction, they would have passed down the hallway and past the door of the room in which Pence was sheltering. 

A lot happened between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on that day. At 2:12 p.m., a member of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group smashed a window with a stolen police shield 

Chris Hodgson, Pence’s director of legislative affairs, told the committee’s investigators that, soon after, “the noise from the rioters became audible.” 

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution 

giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” 

During Thursday’s hearing, the committee played several snippets of video showing Trump supporters reacting both to Pence’s initial refusal to play along with Trump’s plan  

“Did Donald Trump ever call the vice president to check on his safety?” Aguilar asked Greg Jacob, a Pence attorney who testified on Thursday.