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The Jan. 6 select committee presented evidence Thursday that the Secret Service and the National Security Council expressed concern on Jan. 6 that then-Vice President Mike Pence would be trapped in the Capitol as the riots unfolded.

Why it matters: The evidence is intended to underscore the stakes made on that day when rioters came within just five to 10 feet of the vice president, who blamed them for refusing to try to reverse the election in favor of the then president. .

Send the news: On Jan. 6 radio broadcast played by the committee at Thursday’s hearing, a Secret Service agent who was monitoring Pence said, “If we lose any more time, we may lose the opportunity to leave. So if we go leave, we have to do it now.”

  • One officer said, “Maybe we want to consider leaving now,” while another asked, “Will we run into the people once we’re on the road?”
  • Another officer said the rioters were only five to ten feet away, with six police officers in between.

The National Security Council had similar concerns about Pence’s ability to leave the Capitol, according to chat logs displayed by the committee.

  • A message at 2:18 p.m. said “decision in the next 2-3 minutes or they may not be able to move. VP may be trapped in the Capitol.”
  • Another message six minutes later read: “Service on the capital doesn’t sound good right now.”

According to an anonymous White House security officialtestifying before the committee, the NSC’s “Capitol duty” message referred to anxious radio chatter from Capitol agents.

  • “The members of the VP detail began to fear for their own lives at that point,” they said in the interview.
  • “There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal phone calls over the radio, so it was disturbing. I don’t like talking about it, but there were phone calls saying goodbye to relatives…the VP detail thought this was about to get very to get ugly.”
  • “It sounds like… we got close to either service having to use deadly options, or worse. At that point I don’t know. Was the VP compromised? I don’t know,” they testified.

Go deeper… 187 minutes: January 6 hearing to show Trump’s intentional passivity

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout with additional details.

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Amid “hang Mike Pence” chants, Secret Service feared the vice president would lose the ability to leave the Capitol – The AU Times

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