Pelosi wondered if Pence ‘could even trust the Secret Service’ on January 6

  • The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, had doubts about whether the Secret Service could be trusted on January 6.
  • She wondered if Vice President Mike Pence could trust the agents to take him to a safe place.
  • “I know he was in danger in the Capitol,” she said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi worried about whether US intelligence could be trusted to keep Vice President Mike Pence safe on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters threatening to hang him stormed the Capitol.

During a phone call that day, Pelosi said the then-vice president told her that if he left the Capitol, his entourage would attract more attention.

“I wondered if he could even trust the Secret Service to take him to a safe place,” Pelosi said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “I do not know.

She continued, “But I know he was in danger in the Capitol and I wanted to make sure he was protected. He was the Vice President of the United States.”

Rebels at the Capitol hoped to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in favor of President Donald Trump after the president blamed Pence for not throwing out electoral votes to Joe Biden.

A Secret Service spokesman did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Video of Pelosi’s phone call with Pence was aired in part during the Oct. 13 hearing of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot and later that evening on CNN.

In the video, recorded by Pelosi’s daughter, Pelosi told Pence she was concerned about him being in the Capitol building that day and told him during a phone call, “Don’t let anyone know where you are.”

Pence did not leave the Capitol that day and refused to get into an armored limousine. “I’m not getting in the car,” he told his lead security agent. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said it was “chilling” to know he stayed inside the complex when rioters stormed the building.

The Secret Service is facing scrutiny for losing countless records from January 6, allegedly including agents’ texts.

Pelosi also responded Tuesday to news that the Secret Service withheld threats against her for days before the riot. She said that thinking is “inconsistent with the other aspects of security that I have.”

“But you’d think they would have asked us to protect everyone else,” she said.

Pelosi said she would “never forgive” the people who stormed the Capitol for traumatizing staff, news media and maintenance workers.

“This was a disgrace,” she said. “And the president instigated a riot, refused to stop it and, as those movies show, he wouldn’t allow this — the National Guard to come in and stop it in time. And that’s sinful.”

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