Trump defended Jan. 6 Capitol rioters chanting ‘hang Mike Pence,’ called anger over Biden election result ‘common sense’

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  • Former President Donald Trump in an interview earlier this year on January 6 defended Capitol rioters who called for the execution of his vice president, Mike Pence.
  • Trump said the anger of the crowd was what he called a fraudulent ballot that elected President Joe Biden.
  • The interview unfolded as the House committee investigating the riot, which disrupted a joint session of Congress, sought testimony and evidence from former Trump officials.
  • A federal appeals court in Washington, DC has accepted Trump’s request to temporarily delay the transfer of those records from his administration to that panel from the National Archives.

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in former President Donald Trump An interview earlier this year defended the January 6 Capital rioters who slammed the execution of his vice president, Mike Pence, arguing that the crowd’s anger was what he called a fraudulent ballot that had elected President Joe Biden.

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Trump also said he was not concerned about Pence during the siege of the Capitol, when the then vice president and members of Congress hid on the premises as hundreds of Trump supporters swarmed through it.

The riot that was disrupted for hours was in what was the ongoing confirmation of the 2020 Electoral College results of different states by a special joint session of Congress. Pence was presiding over that session.

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“No, I thought he was well protected, and I heard he was in good shape,” Trump told ABC News’ Jonathan Carl during his March 18 visit to Florida for Carl’s book at his kill-a- Lago was sitting in the club. “Betrayal,” which goes on sale next week.

Carl then said, “Because you heard those chants—that was terrible. I mean,” according to An audio recording of the interview posted online by axios.com.

Trump replied: “Hey [Pence] Could have been – well, people were very angry.”

Carl said, “They were saying, ‘Hang Mike Pence.’ ,

Trump replied: “Because it’s common sense, John. It’s common sense that you should defend. How can you – if you know a vote is fraud, right? – you can give Congress a fraudulent vote.” How can you give?”

Trump then referred to the false claim that Pence had the power to reject Electoral College results from a handful of swing states, where Trump and his aides have said without evidence that widespread ballot fraud occurred, resulting in Biden’s popular vote. Vote won.

“Because he’s passing on a vote he knows is fraud,” Trump said.

“How can you pass a vote that you know is fraud? Now, when I spoke to them, I actually talked about all the fraudulent things that happened during the election.”

Pence angered Trump by refusing to accept ballots from states including Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona, despite enormous pressure on him to do so.

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Biden’s victory was officially attested after the rioters stormed the Capitol after four people were killed in connection with the attack that day, and more than a hundred police officers were injured by the mob. .

more than So far, 600 people have been criminally charged in connection with the attack.,

Trump’s interview came to light after the House Select Committee probing the January 6 riots asked former Trump administration officials for testimony and evidence about the attack and the events that followed.

The mob violence began when Trump was ending a rally of his supporters outside the White House, where he urged them to march to the Capitol and protest the confirmation of Biden’s victory. During that rally, he called out Pence for rejecting some state ballots.

If Pence didn’t do it, Trump said, ‘It will be a sad day for the country.

Trump is currently fighting a legal battle to block the National Archives from handing over documents from his administration to the January 6 committee.

Trump claims those records are protected by executive privilege. But a federal district judge dismissed that argument after Biden refused to invoke that privilege for him.

On Thursday, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. accepted Trump’s request to temporarily delay the transfer of records that were originally scheduled to begin Friday evening.

The appeals court scheduled an oral argument in the dispute on November 30.

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