Then-Vice President Mike Pence reportedly refused to get into a Secret Service vehicle because he knew there was an “inside coup” underway and feared he would be kidnapped by security agents reporting directly to Trump to prevent him from certifying the election results, revealed Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who is also a member of the committee investigating the Capitol attack on the US Capitol.
Raskin’s revelation came during a discussion at a Thursday event hosted by the Georgetown University’s Center on Faith and Justice, NBC News reports.
During the talk, Raskin called Pence’s words “chilling” and accused Donald Trump of attempting to organize a coup to circumvent Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election and stay in power.
On January 6, as Congress was being attacked by a mob of Trump supporters, Pence was taken to an undisclosed portion of the Capitol. At that point, Pence’s Secret Service agents, whom Raskin suspected were reporting directly to Trump’s security detail, asked him to enter an armored limousine. The intent, according to sources, was to drive Pence away from the building, preventing him from certifying the election results, after he had signaled his unwillingness to go against his duties and keep Trump in power.
“[Pence] uttered what I think are the six most chilling words of this entire thing I’ve seen so far: ‘I’m not getting in that car,'” Raskin said. “He knew exactly what this inside coup they had planned for was going to do.”
NBC News quoted Raskin saying that the committee will present “evidence” that proves there was coordination among then-President Donald Trump and his inner circle and his supporters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The development comes as the House select committee prepares to reveal its findings sometime before the end of the year.
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