January 6 shows footage of Pelosi, leaders as the crisis unfolds

WASHINGTON — As rioters stormed through the city US Capitol on January 6, 2021House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was hiding in a safe place trying to do what her job demands: to manage a situation.

“There has to be a way,” she told colleagues, “we can maintain the feeling that people have that there is some certainty or some confidence that the government can work and that you are electing the President of the United States.” be able.”

Then an unfamiliar voice broke in with alarming news: lawmakers in the house had begun donning tear gas masks in preparation for a breach. Startled, Pelosi asked the woman to repeat what she had said.

“Do you believe that?” Pelosi said in disbelief to another Democratic leader, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

It was around 2:45 p.m. and the violent cacophony had already disrupted the planned certification of the 2020 presidential election results. It would be hours before the building was secure.

Pelosi once said of President Donald Trump, “I’m going to hit him.”

Never-before-seen footage plays Thursday by the January 6 Committee of the House of Representativesand later on CNN, showed Pelosi and other leaders, including Trump’s Republican allies, reacting with concern — and anger — to the uprising.

The recordings offer a rare glimpse into the real-time reactions of the most powerful members of Congress as they scrambled to rally support from across the government, including agencies seemingly ill-prepared for the chaos, to vent their anger at a president , whose behavior they believed had endangered their lives.

In the videos, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer negotiate with governors and defense officials to try to get the National Guard to the Capitol while police outside the building were brutally beaten.

The Guard’s deployment was delayed by hours as Trump stood by and did little to stop his supporters’ violence.

Footage recorded by Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, a documentary filmmaker, was shown during this time 10. Hearing of the Committee as an illustration of the president’s inaction in the face of the grave danger posed by the rioters to lawmakers forced to hide inside.

“As the President watched the bloody attack on Fox News from his dining room, members of Congress and other government officials stepped into the gargantuan leadership void created that day by the President’s chilling and persistent passivity,” Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin testified Maryland, Committee member.

The concerns were not theoretical. Around 3 p.m., when a Trump loyalist outside Pelosi’s office pointed her finger and shouted, “We’re coming in if you don’t bring her out,” the spokeswoman was sitting somewhere else in a room with Schumer, who said, “I’ll call him.” efficient secretary of the US Department of Defense.”

And so he did, telling Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller over the speakerphone that senators were still in hiding and begging him to send the Maryland National Guard. Pelosi chimed in that she would also seek help from the mayor of Washington, DC.

While the violence continued outside — “Officer down, get him up,” a voice could be heard in a clip shown by the committee — leaders inside continued to shout. One approached Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam about the possibility of help from the Virginia National Guard, with Pelosi recounting the events based on what she had seen from the television news.

An angrier call followed to Jeffrey Rosen, the acting attorney general at the time. Days earlier, unbeknownst to Congress or the public at the time, Rosen and his colleagues had fended off a slapdash attempt by Trump to replace him with an underling eager to contest the election results.

That day, however, Schumer and Pelosi sat shoulder to shoulder on the couch, venting their frustration with the nation’s top law enforcement official.

“They’re breaking the law in a lot of different ways,” Pelosi said. “And quite frankly, much of it at the instigation of the President of the United States.”

Schumer also chimed in, shaking his head to one side for emphasis: “Yes, why not get the President to tell you to leave the Capitol, Mr. Attorney General, your responsibility to law enforcement?” A public statement they should all leave.”

In a clip later aired on CNN, Pelosi was told that Secret Service stopped Trump from going to the Capitol.

“If he comes, I’ll hit him,” Pelosi replied. “That is what I have been waiting for. I’m going to hit him for trespassing on Capitol grounds. And I’ll go to jail and I’ll be happy.”

Only in the evening would the Capitol be cleared and work resumed. The news that Congress could reconvene to complete its work on confirming the election results was brought to congressional leaders not by Trump but by Vice President Mike Pence.

After a very bad day, Schumer had two words: “Good news.”

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Laura Coffey

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