Former US President Donald Trump tried to pressure Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election defeat despite not having the power to overturn the election verdict, the commission said on Friday. of Congress to investigate the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021.
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Gregory Jacob, attorney for former US Vice President Mike, said at the hearing that “the vice president’s first instinct was that there was no way one person, especially the vice -president, may have the power to decide by rejecting electors or decisively altering the result.”
Jacob added that he did not leave the building even as the attack was in progress because he did not want to give the protesters the satisfaction he had left.
Mark Short, Pence’s former chief of staff, told the committee that the former vice president conveyed his position “directly” to Trump and not just through a letter.
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“I was aware that the president was upset with the way Pence acted,” former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told lawmakers.
“The former president wanted Pence to reject the votes and either declare Trump the winner or send the votes back to the states to be recounted,” panel chairman Bennie Thompson said, adding, “Mike Pence said no. He resisted the pressure. He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong.
Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney accused Trump attorney John Eastman of being responsible for the “absurd” plot.
Mark Short added that he was concerned that the disagreement between Trump and Pence would become public and that Trump would “go wild one way or another.”
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