January 6 committee examines how Trump pressured Pence to cancel 2020 election


Laura Barron-Lopez:

Despite all those acknowledgments of Eastman that Jacob recounted, Eastman continues to push Pence’s team, of which Jacob was a part, as well as the vice president himself, to move forward with this plan.

And what the committee showed us today in the testimony of Jacob, as well as Marc Short, Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, whose deposition they had recorded, is that Jacob and Short talked about this that Eastman did in the lead…until January 6th.

So, on January 5, Eastman met with Jacob in the White House complex, not far from where I am standing now. And Eastman asked Jacob directly: We need Pence to outright reject the voters.

Now, later that day, because it became clear to Eastman that Pence wasn’t going to do this and flatly refused to go through with this plan, Eastman again asked Pence’s team, well – trying to convince them in another way. If you don’t want to throw voters outright, will you just send voters back to the states, so they can send new ones to Congress and again?

And, again, Pence’s team denied all of that. And so the big takeaway here, Judy, is that after these repeated attempts in the days leading up to – on the eve of January 6, President Trump, again on January 6, launched a very public pressure campaign for Pence to go ahead with this plan.


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