- Rep. Jamie Raskin said former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to leave the Capitol building was “chilling.”
- During the Capitol riot, Pence’s security guards tried to convince him to get into a car away from the premises.
- “I don’t get in the car,” Pence told his chief security officer.
Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland said it was “chilling” to learn that former Vice President Mike Pence refused to leave the Capitol as insurgents stormed the building.
During the Jan. 6 insurrection last year, rioters, emboldened by former President Donald Trump, clashed with police and stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers gathered to certify the 2020 presidential election results.
Since the Capitol riot, lawmakers and law enforcement have come forward to detail the trauma they say they suffered. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, said she thought she was going to be raped and killed. She said she and a staff member hid in the bathroom as a group of angry Trump supporters chanted her name.
Amid the chaos, it was previously reported that Pence, charged with leading certification, refused to leave the Capitol. Secret Service agents quickly escorted Pence to his state office, but feared the rioters would smash the windows in the room. So they “twice” asked him to evacuate the building, according to an account of the events reported by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig.
“I’m not leaving the Capitol,” Pence said. He refused to get into an armored limo.
“I trust you, Tim, but you’re not driving the car,” Pence told his chief security officer, Tim Giebels. “If I get in this vehicle, you take off. I don’t get in the car.”
The moment stayed with Raskin, who sits on the House panel investigating the Capitol riot.
Pence “spoke what I think were the six most chilling words I’ve seen so far: ‘I’m not getting in that car,'” Raskin said earlier this week, according to NBC News. .
So far, more than 810 people have been charged in connection with the insurgency, according to Insider’s database. In many cases, the FBI used social media posts to identify participants.
Prior to the Capitol riot, Republican lawmakers conspired with Trump and his aides to prevent Biden from taking the presidency, according to testimony from an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Raskin said the testimony presented before the panel “is really going to blow the roof off the house.”