Capitol Storming Investigation probes Trump’s pressure on his vice president

WASHINGTON | Repeated tweets, a fiery speech, a raging crowd… the commission of inquiry into the attack on the Capitol on Thursday will uncover in detail the pressure Donald Trump put on his Vice President Mike Pence to prevent him from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

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“We will show that this pressure campaign directly contributed to the attack on the US Congress and that it put the Vice President’s life in danger,” a parliamentary source said.

After nearly a year of investigations, this group of elected officials aims to show that Donald Trump’s dismissal of the results of the November 2020 presidential election was not just the coquetry of a bad loser, but the essential part of a thoughtful strategy to remain in power.

This quickly focused on Vice President Mike Pence’s solemn certification of the election results before Congress on January 6, 2021, essentially a simple formality.

“Disappointed”

As early as mid-December, a lawyer, John Eastman, had laid out a concrete plan for Donald Trump aimed at exploiting loopholes in the election counting law and blocking Joe Biden’s entry into the White House.

“We will examine the emergence of this theory, which posed a serious threat to American democracy,” the parliamentary source assured.

Under pressure, Mike Pence had brought in several legal experts who had assured him that he had no legal room for maneuver and would have to certify Joe Biden’s victory.

On January 6, 2021, an hour before the start of the certification session, Donald Trump appeared before a crowd of Trumpists who had gathered in the freezing cold to denounce, without evidence, a “stolen” election.

“Mike Pence, I hope you will fight for the good of our country and our Constitution. Otherwise I’ll be extremely disappointed,” says the Republican billionaire in a serious tone.

“Hanging”

A few minutes later, Mike Pence publishes a letter in which he protests that he will not heed the pressure from the President.

At the same time, pro-Trump protesters are beginning to crowd around Congress, images that have been circulated around the world. The certification session is abruptly interrupted.

As the vice president and congressmen-elect are evacuated from the chaos of the Capitol, Donald Trump fumes on Twitter that Mike Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what was necessary to protect the country.”

In the crowd that stormed Congress, Trumpists call for ‘hanging Mike Pence’.

After a few hours, peace finally returns to the American capital. From the Chamber of Representatives, the Vice President promises that “those who sowed discord” did not “win” and officially certifies the election of Joe Biden.

After long months of silence, Mike Pence spoke publicly about the horror of January 6, 2021, in a speech in Florida in mid-February.

“President Trump said I had the right to reverse the election, but President Trump is wrong,” he said, noting his definitive break with the former businessman, who still supports the opposite.

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