Jan. 6 video undermines Trump's repeated efforts to blame Pelosi


Never-before-seen video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and different congressional leaders on Jan. 6, 2021, gives strikingly vivid proof undermining former president Donald Trump’s long-debunked declare that the failure to adequately shield the Capitol from a pro-Trump mob lay not with him however with Pelosi.

In the video proven Thursday by the House committee investigating the assault, Pelosi is on the cellphone pleading with Trump administration officers for assist to cease the violence and safe the Capitol as U.S. Capitol Police have been overmatched by the a whole bunch of rioters storming the constructing — together with some who demanded her head. Getting nowhere with the officers, she contacts Virginia’s governor and says she is going to contact the D.C. mayor.

Throughout the video, Pelosi is intent on resuming the congressional technique of counting the electoral faculty votes for Joe Biden’s win whereas exhibiting the nation that the federal government was nonetheless functioning regardless of the siege. The video was recorded by a documentary crew embedded with Pelosi and led by her daughter Alexandra.

Trump typically has steered that Pelosi did not do her job, that the breach of the Capitol was her fault and the absence of sufficient safety to show again the mob of his supporters was her duty — not that of the commander in chief. He has falsely claimed that Pelosi rejected his order for 10,000 National Guard troops — one thing that by no means happened. The former president, in a statement posted on-line Friday responding to the committee, wrote, “I totally licensed” deployment of National Guard troops, however, he added falsely, the request was refused by officers who reply to Pelosi.

“Nancy Pelosi and [D.C. Mayor] Muriel Bowser didn’t do their job, they didn’t just like the look of troopers, and sadly your Committee refuses to say something about it, as a result of in the event that they did, it will be clear that I did all the things appropriately, and that’s not what the Committee needs to see,” Trump wrote.

Trump’s false claims have been echoed by Republican lawmakers, together with some who — in line with the newly launched video — have been literally in the room when Pelosi and others have been calling in reinforcements. On the night of Jan. 5, Trump made an offhand comment to his performing secretary of protection about needing hundreds of troops in Washington the next day. The secretary instructed Trump he needed to formally make that request, which Trump by no means did.

For Pelosi, the video was simply the most recent eye-catching show of her authority within the face of Trump.

In February 2019, after Trump delivered his State of the Union speech, she delivered a sarcastic clap that immediately turned a legendary meme. That October she stormed out of a gathering within the Cabinet Room, however not earlier than waving her finger at Trump and questioning his loyalty to the nation. And moments after Trump delivered his State of the Union speech in 2020, Pelosi stood up behind him and actually tore it to pieces.

Trump, for sure, has sought guilty lots of his issues on Pelosi.

His assertion got here after the House committee voted to subpoena him on Thursday for data and testimony. He stays silent on whether or not he’ll comply or defy the panel.

Here is a breakdown of the video:

Pelosi calls for Congress return to session that day

Pelosi, being escorted via a hall to security, says into her cellphone, “We have gotten to get — end the proceedings or else they are going to have an entire victory.” Later, in a safe location with staffers, Pelosi stated a key objective is to “keep the sense that folks have that there’s some safety or some confidence that authorities can perform and that we are able to elect a president of the United States.”

Pelosi and others communicate with the performing secretary of protection

Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and then-Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) huddle round a cellphone Schumer is holding as they communicate with Christopher Miller, performing protection secretary.

Schumer tells Miller: “We have some senators who’re nonetheless of their hideaways. They want huge personnel now. Can you get the Maryland National Guard to return too?” Pelosi then tells Miller she is going to name the mayor “and see what different outreach she has.”

Pelosi speaks with Va. Gov. Ralph Northam, who sends assist

Pelosi speaks on the cellphone with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) asking him about sending the Virginia National Guard into the District. She tells Northam that Hoyer spoke with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) about sending National Guard troops, as effectively.

Pelosi then says to Northam, “I nonetheless suppose you in all probability want the okay of the federal authorities to return in to a different jurisdiction.”

As Pelosi ends her name with Northam and arms the cellphone to an aide, Schumer says aloud, “Virginia Guard has been referred to as in.”

Pelosi then says Northam “despatched 200 state police and a unit of the National Guard.”

Schumer calls for the performing lawyer normal push Trump to name off the assault

Pelosi, talking right into a cellphone Schumer is holding, tells performing lawyer normal Jeffrey Rosen that the rioters are “breaking home windows and moving into, clearly ransacking our places of work and all the remainder of that.” She tells him, “That’s nothing. The concern we’ve about private hurt … private security, simply transcends all the things.”

Schumer, clearly offended, chimes in and tells Rosen: “Why don’t you get the president to inform them to depart the Capitol, Mr. Attorney General, in your legislation enforcement duty.”

Trump would ultimately launch a video assertion that day asking rioters to depart, however restating the lie that he gained the election.

Pelosi, Schumer and Republicans communicate with Pentagon officers.

Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer stand in a circle and are joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).

Schumer asks the Defense Department: “How quickly sooner or later can you’ve gotten the place evacuated? You know, cleaned out?” When the protection official balks at giving an estimate with out data of what officers are seeing on the bottom, Pelosi presses for instant motion.

“Just fake for a second that we’re within the Pentagon or the White House or another entity that was below siege,” Pelosi says. “You can logistically get folks there as you make the plan.”

Pelosi speaks with Vice President Pence, pushes for Congress to return instantly.

Pelosi speaks with Vice President Mike Pence. She tells him that McConnell is in settlement about wanting to attenuate the objections to certifying Joe Biden’s victory.

“We’re attempting to determine how we are able to get this job executed right this moment,” she instructed Pence. “We talked to Mitch about it earlier.” But Pelosi says it isn’t clear how quickly lawmakers can reconvene. “The overriding want is to do it on the Capitol. What we’re being instructed very immediately is it’s going to take days for the Capitol to be okay.”

Just earlier than 6 p.m., Pence calls Pelosi and relays information he obtained from the Capitol Police: The House and Senate will have the ability to reconvene in about an hour.

“Thank you very a lot, Mr. Vice President,” Pelosi says.

Pelosi’s most explosive feedback although may be seen in video the documentary crew offered to not the committee, however slightly, to CNN.

In the video, earlier than the rioters attain the Capitol, Pelosi is seen in her workplace. As a staffer tells her that regardless of Trump publicly claiming he’ll be part of the march to the constructing, Secret Service “instructed him they don’t have the sources to guard him right here. So in the meanwhile he isn’t coming, however that might change.”

Pelosi replies, “If he comes I’m going to punch him out.” As an aide says she would “hate to see that,” Pelosi continues: “I’ve been ready for this. For trespassing on the Capitol grounds.”

She provides: “I’m going to punch him out, and I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be completely satisfied.”

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