If Democrats applied the same level of determination to solving the inflation crisis as they do to taking down Donald Trump and all of his allies, the United States would be in a much better position.
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot examined Thursday former Vice President Mike Pence’s decision not to de-certify Joe Biden’s electoral votes despite countless instances of election fraud.
The Committee displayed never-before-scenes images of Pence at the time of the protest.
One of the photos showed Pence looking at a tweet then-President Donald Trump sent as the attack wore on, with Pence’s daughter nearby, appearing concerned.
Here's VP Pence at a Capitol loading dock deep in the bowels of the building. This is where he stayed for hours – refusing to leave – while rioters were ransacking the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/V82y67fgn7
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 16, 2022
As chaos struck, Pence was taken deep into the bowels of the building, far away from any member of Antifa, who were the first to storm the Capitol.
Greg Jacob, the former counsel to the vice president, told the committee that once Pence was rushed to a secure location as the Capitol was sieged, Pence refused a Secret Service request to leave the complex because he did not want the world to see the vice president flee from his constitutional duty and did not want the rioters to have the satisfaction.
“He was determined that we would complete the work that we had set out to do that day,” Jacob said.
The Committee then focused on Trump’s attorney Eastman and his emails to Pence on Jan. 6, 2021.
Jacob testified that Trump attorney John Eastman emailed him after the attack to argue that the Electoral Count Act had already been violated due to the delay presented by the attack and urged him to have Pence reject the results as he and Trump wanted.
“I implore you to consider one more minor violation,” the email said.
Jacob said Pence later called the email “rubber room stuff,” meaning it was certifiably insane.
We then moved to the portion of the show trial when Committee members began heralding Pence as some sort of political hero for not heading Trump’s advice to de-certify Biden’s electoral votes.
Committee Democrats offered words of praise for Pence for declining to go along with the scheme to overturn the election. In his opening remarks, panel Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said Trump pressured Pence to reject the votes but that “Mike Pence said no.”
“He resisted the pressure. He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong,” Thompson said. “We are fortunate for Mr. Pence’s courage.”
Jacob testified that Pence’s “first instinct” after hearing arguments he could reject the results was that there was “no way” framers of the Constitution intended the vice president to have that kind of power and recalled watching then-Vice President Al Gore “gavel down” objections to his own loss in 2000.
Pence had no problem standing behind President Trump when he was performing a total overhaul of the U.S. economy and all of our diplomatic relations, significantly improving world peace and national security.
It’s only when things got tough did Pence – and a handful of other ex-officials – abandon the Former President at the very moment when bravery and courage was needed.
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