Minutes before Mike Pence was kicked out of the Senate Chamber, narrowly escaping a mob that wanted to ‘hang’ him, Donald Trump tweeted that the former VP didn’t have the ‘courage’ to accept his request to stop congressional certification. of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

Time stamped at 2:26:02 p.m., never-before-seen security footage from inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 uprising showed Mr. Pence and his family being rushed out of the chamber as rioters stood within 100 feet from him.

Just two minutes earlier, at 2:24 p.m., Mr Trump tweeted from his now-suspended account, saying: ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, giving states a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones they were asked to certify beforehand. The United States demands the truth!”

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman led the crowd away from the chambers shortly after insurgents in tactical gear, including at least one person carrying a baseball bat, while others carried flag poles, came through the windows on the Senate side of the Capitol.

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While it’s unclear at this time whether Mr. Trump was aware of his deputy’s direct security threat at the time of the tweet, Desert News previously reported that he misdialed Senator Tommy Tuberville and called Senator Mike Lee instead during the insurrection.

Mr. Lee had told the newspaper about Mr. Trump’s call he made to Mr. Tuberville that lasted about five to 10 minutes. Mr Lee reportedly said he was standing nearby because he didn’t want to lose his mobile phone in the commotion.

But during Wednesday’s impeachment trial, when House impeachment officials cited the Desert News account, Senator Lee objected to the depiction of the then-president’s accidental phone call and demanded that it be expunged.

“They are not true. I never made these statements. I ask that they be expunged,” Senator Lee asked.

Eventually, Representative Jamie Raskin, the senior house manager agreed to retract the anecdote, which has been presented as another piece of evidence that Mr. Trump tried to undermine the election results.