Some of the new revelations and confirmations from recent news reports were enough to cause gasps in the room and, perhaps, in living rooms across the country. Told the crowd on Jan. 6 were chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” the vice president who defied pressure from the president to single-handedly block the transfer of power, Mr. Trump reportedly replied: “Maybe our supporters have the right idea. ” Mike Pence, he added, “deserves it”.
Ms. Cheney, vice chair of the panel, reported that following the Jan. 6 attack, members of Mr. Trump’s own cabinet discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to impeach the president. She revealed that Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and “several other Republican congressmen” involved in the attempted annulment of the election had asked Mr Trump for forgiveness during his final days in office.
She aired a video clip of Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser who stepped down after the election rather than fight conspiracy theorists inciting Mr Trump, cavalierly dismissing threats from attorney Pat A. Cipollone. of the White House. , and other lawyers to resign in protest. “I just took it to whine, to be honest with you,” Mr. Kushner said.
And she noted that while Mr. Pence repeatedly took action to ask for help in stopping the crowd on Jan. 6, the president himself made no effort. Instead, his White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tried to convince General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to claim Mr. Trump was actively involved.
“He said, ‘We have to kill the narrative that the vice president makes all the decisions,'” General Milley said in videotaped testimony. “’We need to establish the narrative that the president is still in charge, and things are stable or stable,’ or words to that effect. I immediately interpreted this as politics, politics, politics.