Pence refuses to get in Secret Service car on Jan. 6 “Chilling”: Raskin

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to ride in a Secret Service vehicle during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is called ‘chilling’ as the House Select Committee prepares to reveal its findings before the end of the year.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Center on Faith and Justice at Georgetown University on Thursday, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who is also a member of the Capitol Riot Investigation Committee, accused former President Donald Trump of trying to stage a coup to bypass Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election and staying in power. During the conversation, he drew particular attention to a tense moment involving Pence, NBC News reported.

After he was taken to an undisclosed part of the Capitol during the riot, Pence’s Secret Service agents, who Raskin suspected reported directly to Trump’s security detail, asked him to get into an armored limo. The intention, some say, was to keep Pence away from the building, preventing him from certifying the election results, after he signaled his unwillingness to go against his duties and keep Trump in power.

“[Pence] said what I think are the six most chilling words I’ve seen so far: “I’m not getting in that car,” Raskin said. β€œHe knew exactly what this domestic coup they planned was going to do.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to enter a Secret Service limo on Jan. 6 is being called “chilling” as the investigation into the Capitol riots continues. Above, Pence is seen addressing the joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.
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This moment has already been reported during an interview for the book, Only I Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Last Year by Washington Post journalists Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. According to Tim Giebels, Pence’s senior inside security officer on Jan. 6, Pence repeatedly refused to be evacuated from the Capitol until the election results were certified, The Washington Examiner reported.

“I’m not getting in the car, Tim,” Pence said, in response to Giebels’ insistence that he get into the armored vehicle. “I trust you, Tim, but you’re not driving the car. If I get in that vehicle, you’re gone. I’m not getting in the car.”

Raskin discussed the House Select Committee investigation in more detail on Thursday, unequivocally alleging that Trump and his closest confidants tried to stage a coup after the 2020 election.

“It was not a coup against the president,” the congressman said. “It was a coup led by the president against the vice president and against Congress.”

Newsweek contacted representatives for Pence for comment.


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