PICTURED: Mike Pence taking cover in office during the Capitol riot
A new photo shows Mike Pence and his family hiding in a Senate office just minutes after he was evacuated on Jan. 6 when a mob stormed the Capitol.
The photo taken by a White House photographer and published Wednesday night by ABC portrays the Vice President, First Lady Karen, his daughter Charlotte and his Republican Congresswoman Greg, sitting and waiting as chaos unfolded.
Karen is seen closing the curtains so rioters can’t see in while the Vice President, Charlotte and Greg wait on chairs.
In the hours before, Greg Pence had voted against confirming Joe Biden’s election victory and Trump supporters could be heard chanting “hang Mike Pence.”
Later, Pence and his family would be rushed out of the office and taken to another location in the Capitol complex when the rioters broke through the Senate floor.
The new image emerged on the eve of the Jan. 6 commission’s hearing, focusing on Pence and his team and their actions leading up to and after the riots.
His lawyers are also expected to testify about how they responded to Donald Trump’s claims that the election was rigged and stolen.
A new photo shows Mike Pence and his family hiding in a Senate office just minutes after he was evacuated on Jan. 6 when a mob stormed the Capitol. The photo taken by a White House shows the Vice President, First Lady Karen, his daughter Charlotte and his Republican Congresswoman Greg, sitting and waiting as chaos unfolded
On Friday night, Pence’s former chief of staff confirmed on Wednesday that he had warned the Secret Service the night before the January 6 uprising that Pence could be in danger at the Capitol.
Marc Short testified behind closed doors for more than eight hours in January before the House Committee investigating the uprising. Portions of that testimony are expected to be played during Thursday morning’s hearing.
That hearing will focus on Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Pence to refuse to count and certify the electoral count. It is the ceremonial role of the vice president to oversee the formal certification of the presidential election.
Short confirmed to CNN that he spoke to Secret Service on the night of January 5.
“Thousands of people came to Washington hoping for a different outcome — I think it was important that they were warned about that,” he said of his conversation with security.
“But I didn’t have any specific, you know, intelligence. I didn’t know the capital was going to be attacked as it was,” he told Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday evening.
Greg Jacob, who served as counsel for Pence, and retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig, who served as an informal counsel, will testify in person at the third of the expected six public hearings the committee has scheduled.
Committee assistants said: CNN Thursday’s hearing will focus on how Trump had directed the press campaign against Pence, despite attorneys in the White House counsel’s office telling him Pence had no authority to unilaterally undermine the election results.
Former Pence chief of staff Marc Short confirms he warned Secret Service on Jan. 5 of a potential threat against Mike Pence
On January 6, then-Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the Senate when rioters stormed into the Capitol.
Short wouldn’t confirm what though New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reported in her forthcoming book — “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” — that Short expected Trump to publicly turn on Pence, posing a potential risk to the vice president.
He told CNN he thought Trump was being poorly served with post-election advice.
“I think eventually the buck will stop with the president. I also think there are people around the president who I think have served him very badly and I think they have given bad advice,” he said.
Short also said he was not convinced by the committee’s finding that Trump agreed with the MAGA supporters clamoring for Pence to be hanged.
During Thursday night’s hearing, Republican Representative Liz Cheney, who is on the panel investigating the insurgency, said of Trump: “Aware of the rioters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ the president responded with this sentiment: “Maybe our supporters have the right idea.” Mike Pence ‘deserves’ it.’
Her words were snapped in the hearing room.
“I NEVER said, or even thought of saying, ‘Hang up Mike Pence.’ This is either a made-up story of someone who wants to be a star or FAKE NEWS!” Trump wrote the next day in response to Truth Social.
Short said he was not convinced Trump wanted to hang Pence.
‘I’m not even convinced yet. I know what the committee said. I also know that the president denied that,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
In the days leading up to the Jan. 6 certification, Trump delivered a series of tweets demanding that Pence use his position to prevent Congress from confirming his election defeat to Joe Biden.
Pence had already told the president he didn’t have that power.
Short told CNN that Pence was doing his constitutional duty when he oversaw the certification of the election.
“He did his duty. He swore an oath to uphold the constitution. He swore an oath to God to uphold the Constitution, just like our men and women in uniform do,” he said.
Mike Pence, held in a ceremonial role by the vice president, oversaw the formal certification of electoral college results