A member of the Jan. 6 committee claims that there were Capitol rioters who chanted “hang Mike Pence” and that they appeared to be acting on “orders from above.”
According to a report by The Washington Examiner one Maryland Democrat, Rep. Jamie Raskin, was part of the second impeachment push against former President Donald Trump and suggested that former Vice President Mike Pence is the connection needed to nail down cooperation between rioters and the Biden administration.
“It just struck me as so bizarre that you would have a pro-Trump mob outside, chanting against the vice president, and how would they know that Mike Pence was now the proper target of their wrath?” Raskin said.
“How would they know that they were supposed to be mobilizing this effort against the vice president?” Raskin said during an interview on MSNBC.
“Those orders were clearly coming from above,” the congressman added. “And it went through not just the political coup side of the operation but the violent insurrection side of the operation.”
That fateful day saw Pence at the Capitol to preside over the counting of the electoral votes, something that had him at the center of the frustration amongst those who considered the election to be in some way illegal or unfair.
“Despite pressure from Trump, Pence did not try to send the results back to certain states Trump lost in November over claims of election fraud,” the Examiner reported.
“In fact, he sent a letter to Congress saying he did not have the power to reject Electoral College votes, dealing a blow to Trump’s hopes to deny a presidential victory to Joe Biden.”
Despite news circulating before the Jan. 6 certification of the election that it was Pence who would put his stamp of approval on the results, Raskins appears to believe that there was no way that rioters could have been looking to put their own pressure on the vice president.
“When rioters stormed the complex, Pence’s Secret Service detail moved him, along with his wife and their daughter, Charlotte, first to his ceremonial office and then to a secure underground area where the vice president refused to get in a vehicle and leave the Capitol,” the Examiner reported.
However, during the MSNBC interview, Raskin expanded on statements made last week about his circumspection at the theory that the alleged attacks were not coordinated:
Pence “uttered what I think are the six most chilling words of this entire thing I’ve seen so far: ‘I’m not getting in that car'” until the Electoral College votes were counted, Raskin said last Thursday. “He knew exactly what this inside coup they had planned for was going to do,” the congressman added.