According to news sources in the aftermath of the riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, then-Vice President Mike Pence resisted Donald Trump’s efforts to help sabotage the certification of the 2020 election results, portraying him as an unexpected hero in Trump’s final days in office. However, new disclosures in a book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cast doubt on Pence’s ostensible constitutional observance.
“Trump sent the mob to terrorize Pence,” Sargent writes. “Did Pence believe Trump and his allies wanted him removed in hopes that this would somehow halt the count and then kick it back to the states or into the House for a contingent election decided by state delegations? The new revelations make these lines of questioning more relevant.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) told the Washington Post that the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation will have to go deeper into Pence’s role.
“So, we need to know how far Pence actually did try to go. Which raises a bunch of other questions. For instance, did Trump try to pressure the Justice Department to develop a fake legal rationale for Pence to somehow derail the electoral count?” Sargent wrote. “Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the 9/11 commission, has suggested another line of inquiry: What was Pence’s own understanding of the plot Trump was trying to set in motion?”
The new book also revealed that on January 5, former President Donald Trump threatened to end his bromance with Pence if Pence didn’t refuse to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory.
The book reportedly “describes the tense encounter in the Oval Office on January 5 when Trump pressured Pence to overturn the results of the election,” CNN reported. “While the showdown went on inside, the two men could hear MAGA supporters cheering and chanting outside near Pennsylvania Avenue.”
“If these people say you had the power, wouldn’t you want to?” Trump asked Pence.
“I wouldn’t want any one person to have that authority,” Pence replied.
“But wouldn’t it be almost cool to have that power?” Trump pressed.
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“No,” Pence insisted. “I’ve done everything I could and then some to find a way around this. It’s simply not possible.”
“No, no, no!” Trump reportedly shouted. “You don’t understand, Mike. You can do this. I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.”
According to the writers, Trump tried to persuade Pence once more on the morning of January 6.
“If you don’t do it, I picked the wrong man four years ago,” the president charged. “You’re going to wimp out.”