January 6 Committee | “The Proud Boys Would’ve Killed Mike Pence”

(New York) Twelve yards. This is the distance that separated Mike Pence from the group of troublemakers on January 6, 2021.

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Richard Hito

Richard Hito
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Twelve meters. The Jan. 6 commission said Thursday, during its third public hearing, that if rioters had captured the former vice president, he might have lost his life there.

During the chilling second hour of the hearing, the commission cited the testimony of an FBI informant about the Proud Boys, this extremist group found among the troublemakers.

“The proud boys would have killed Mike Pence if they had the opportunity,” the source said, adding that Nancy Pelosi was also among their targets.

Or, ce jour-là, Donald Trump n’a rien fait pour protéger son vice-président. Bien au contraire.

« La situation était déjà mauvaise. C’était comme s’il jetait de l’huile sur le feu en tweetant ça », a déclaré Sarah Matthews, alors adjointe de la porte-parole de la Maison-Blanche, lors d’une déposition entendue jeudi.

« Ça », c’est un gazouillis de Donald Trump publié à 14 h 24 le 6 janvier 2021 accusant Mike Pence de n’avoir « pas eu le courage de faire ce qui était nécessaire ».

L’ex-président savait alors que les émeutiers avaient pris d’assaut le Capitole, où Mike Pence devait présider à la certification des résultats de l’élection présidentielle de 2020.

« Pendez Mike Pence ! Pendez Mike Pence ! », scandaient certains des émeutiers.

Mais Donald Trump se foutait de la sécurité de son vice-président, s’il faut en croire son tweet.

Pressions sur Mike Pence

Donald Trump se balançait aussi de la loi et de la Constitution, à entendre le président de la commission du 6-Janvier, Bennie Thompson.

« Donald Trump voulait que Mike Pence fasse quelque chose qu’aucun autre vice-président n’a jamais fait. L’ancien président voulait que Pence rejette les votes et déclare Trump vainqueur ou renvoie les votes aux États pour qu’ils soient recomptés. »

Mike Pence a dit non. Il a résisté à la pression. Il savait que c’était illégal. Il savait que c’était mal.

Bennie Thompson, président de la commission d’enquête du Congrès sur les évènements du 6 janvier 2021

Donald Trump aurait également dû le savoir. Selon des témoignages présentés jeudi, tous ses conseillers, ou presque, lui ont expliqué que le vice-président n’avait pas le pouvoir de mettre à exécution le plan concocté par l’avocat conservateur John Eastman.

Ce même Eastman a même admis devant Trump que son stratagème était illégal, selon un témoignage.

Qui plus est, Mike Pence a refusé à plusieurs reprises d’y participer lors de conversations avec Donald Trump.

PHOTO SUSAN WALSH, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Greg Jacob, ex-conseiller juridique de Mike Pence

« Il n’y a pas d’idée plus antiaméricaine que l’idée qu’une personne puisse [à elle seule] “Choose the American president,” said Greg Jacob, a former legal advisor to Mike Pence, who testified in person before the commission.

However, Donald Trump pressed Mike Pence for the last time, on the morning of January 6, 2021, during a phone conversation that became “extremely hot”, according to Ivanka Trump’s testimony.

Since he could not persuade his deputy to change his mind, he belittled him by using the “p-word” (pussy) according to another certificate.

After this phone call, Donald Trump included several spontaneous references to his deputy during his address to his supporters who gathered in front of the White House.

“Mike Pence, I hope you stand up for our Constitution and for the good of our country, and if you don’t I will be very disappointed in you,” he said. before encouraging his supporters to “march” to the Capitol.

imminent threat

If the former vice president had declared Donald Trump the winner that day, former federal judge Michael Luttig, who also testified, said, “he would have thrown America into what I believe would be a revolution within a constitutional crisis.” Personally.

Photo by Susan Walsh, Associated Press

Former Federal Judge Michael Luttig

Towards the end of the hearing, the panel revealed that John Eastman had contacted Rudolph Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal attorney at the time, via email to ask him to add his name to the list of candidates for a presidential pardon.

This means that he fears being accused of his role in the pressure campaign against Mike Pence. Donald Trump usually shares the same fear.

But it is Americans who must now face the greatest threat, according to Michael Lutigieg. The lawman, a respected conservative figure, has argued that Donald Trump and his allies, including proud Boyz, have continued to represent a “clear and present danger” to American democracy, as they say they intend to invalidate the results of the 2024 election if the former president – president – or any other Republican Support him – lose.

“I don’t say these words lightly,” Lutigieg added. “I would never have said these words in my life, except that this is what the former president and his allies tell us.”



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