Within 24 hours, Trump would take to his perch on Twitter to hurl insults at Pence, raising questions about his vice president’s fortitude in light of Pence’s private rejection of a strategy that would have him stop or delay the counting of Electoral College votes. Pence did not have the authority to do so, but that did not stop Trump from amping up the pressure.
According to Haberman, when Short called Giebels into his office, he wasn’t sure what specific security risk was in play. But he was worried and he wanted the agency to know.
Indeed, Pence was the target of Trump’s ire, as well as his supporters.
On the day of the breach, chants of “Hang Mike Pence” reverberated through the crowd. Pence was barely whisked away to safety when people began streaming into the Capitol.
The January 6 Committee has interviewed Short, as well as other Pence staffers and advisers over the course of its months-long investigation. A report from the Times last month indicated that at least one witness who has met with the investigators testified that Trump co-signed on the chants to execute his second-in-command.
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