WASHINGTON – This summer, a series of books offer revelations about President Donald Trump’s last year in power.
“Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Chairman” by Michael Wolff, “Frankly, We Won This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost” by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, and “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, ”by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker looked at the chaotic actions of the Trump administration in 2020.
They reveal details of former Vice President Mike Pence’s role in Trump’s electoral fraud conspiracy theories and the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Here are five things we learned about Pence as the deferential vice president who ultimately stood up to his boss during the unprecedented aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
“Anarchy and chaos”: Michael Bender’s book describes Trump’s White House unrest
Pence grows back during the electoral certification process
Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, was a crucial player in the final days of the vice president’s tenure after Trump lost the election, according to Wolff in “Landslide.”
Short was not one of the administration aides who backed the bogus election fraud allegations spewed out by Trump and other conspiracy theorists.
“Short was privately telling party leaders and West Wing aides that there had been ‘no debate’ within the vice president’s office about his role in chairing the vote count,” he said. writes Wolff.
In a Jan. 5 meeting with constitutionality scholar John Eastman, Pence rebuffed Eastman’s arguments that he had the power to accept or reject voters during the certification process. In “Frankly We Won” Bender alleges that “Pence thought Trump was getting bad legal advice.”
After meeting with Eastman, “Pence and Short thought they couldn’t have been clearer about their views and what actions the Vice President would take, and which ones he would not,” wrote Wolff.
Trump expected Pence to block Congress from confirming the election.
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Pence refuses to leave Capitol during January 6 riot
When pro-Trump rioters ransacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Pence’s Secret Service rushed him to safety.
Pence was moved to his ceremonial office, but it was still a vulnerable place. Timothy Giebels, the senior special agent in charge of Pence details, has twice asked the vice president to step out of Capitol Hill.
“I am not leaving the Capitol,” he told Giebels, according to the “I Alone” account.
Giebels asked Pence a third time to leave: “The room you are in is not secure. There are windows. I need to move you. Were going. “
Pence was moved “to a secure underground area that rioters couldn’t reach, where Pence’s armored limo was waiting.”
Pence refused to get in the limo, fearing he would be seen fleeing the Capitol, justifying the rioters.
A calm pence orders troops at the Capitol
As military commanders figured out how to deploy National Guard and federal law enforcement from neighboring states to Capitol Hill, Pence called Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller from his secure location, according to the “I Alone” account. .
“Bring troops here; bring them here now, ”a calm Pence ordered Miller. “We need to get Congress to do its job. “
“Yes, sir,” Miller replied.
It was the toughest Miller had ever heard of Pence, Leonnig and Rucker wrote in “Me alone.“
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Pence suggests invoking the Insurgency Law
Trump summoned top military, law enforcement and West Wing advisers to the White House after the New York Times reported that he, First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron were transferred to a bunker in the basement during the protests that erupted over the death of George Floyd.
Pence suggested invoking the insurgency law, according to “Frankly, we won.”
“You are laughing at me ? thought a senior administration official, ”Bender wrote.
Trump became obsessed with the insurgency after Pence brought it up. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “was horrified by Pence’s suggestion,” Bender said.
Trump agrees with Pence as rival in 2024
Trump flirted with the candidacy again in 2024, when he could meet his former vice president as a rival.
Asked about this by Leonnig and Rucker in “I Alone,” Trump told reporters, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?
Trump did not pledge to pick Pence as a potential running mate and dismissed former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
In all three books, he expressed his “disappointment” to Pence for certifying the results of the 2020 election.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pence in New Books: VP refused to leave Capitol, ordered troops there