Capitol storming investigation details Trump’s pressure on Mike Pence

“The president was repeatedly told that the vice president could not change the outcome of the election. But he still publicly pressured Mike Pence to do exactly that, ”said elected Democrat Pete Aguilar, during a very detailed presentation.

After almost a year of investigation, the group of elected officials seeks to show that Donald Trump’s rejection of the November 2020 presidential results was not just bad loser coquetry, but the essential component of a strategy. thoughtful to keep power.

This quickly focused on the ceremony of certification of the results of the election by Vice President Mike Pence before Congress on January 6, 2021, in principle a simple formality.

” Revolution ”

The commission of inquiry revealed how a lawyer, John Eastman, had developed a specific plan for Donald Trump to exploit loopholes in the electoral count law and block Joe Biden’s accession to the White House.

The president “clinched on to a dangerous theory that he did not want to give up because he was convinced that it would allow him to stay in office,” accused elected official Pete Aguilar.

Under pressure, Mike Pence then turned to several legal experts who had assured him that he had no legal leeway and had to certify Joe Biden’s victory at all costs.

“I believe that if Vice-President Pence had obeyed the orders of his president (…) it would have plunged America into a revolution in the midst of a constitutional crisis”, alerted in a very solemn voice Judge Michael Luttig, before the commission.

On January 6, 2021, an hour before the start of the certification session, Donald Trump nevertheless tried one last time to exert this pressure by presenting himself to a crowd of Trumpists gathered in Washington in the freezing cold.

“Mike Pence, I hope you will fight for the good of our country, of our Constitution. Otherwise, I will be extremely disappointed, ”says the Republican billionaire, in a serious tone.

“Hang”

A few minutes later, Mike Pence publishes a letter in which he affirms that he will not comply with the pressures of the president.

At the same time, pro-Trump protesters are beginning to crowd around Congress, images that have circulated around the world. The certification session is abruptly interrupted.

While the vice president and elected congressmen are evacuated from the chaos of the Capitol, Donald Trump is annoyed on Twitter that Mike Pence did not “have the courage to do what was necessary to protect the country”.

In the crowd that stormed Congress, Trumpists call to “hang Mike Pence”.

“When Mike Pence made it clear that he would not comply with Donald Trump’s scheme, the latter turned the crowd against him”, denounced the head of the parliamentary committee, Bennie Thompson.

After a few hours, calm finally returns to the American capital. From the hemicycle of the House of Representatives, the vice-president promises that “those who have sown discord” have not “won” and officially certifies the election of Joe Biden.

After long months of silence, Mike Pence spoke publicly about the horror of January 6 during a speech in Florida in mid-February.

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