A White House security official testified to the Jan. 6 committee that members of former Vice President Pence’s security detail were calling their families to “say goodbye” during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
“The members of the VP detail at this time were starting to fear for their own lives,” the security official said, his voice distorted to protect his identity. “There was a lot of yelling. There was a lot of very personal calls over the radio. It was disturbing. I don’t like talking about it. There were calls to say goodbye to family members.”
Jan. 6 committee plays interview with White House security official: "The members of the VP detail at this time were starting to fear for their own lives…There were calls to say goodbye to family members." https://t.co/owxAGW3o74 pic.twitter.com/PjBlc5JBy8
— ABC News (@ABC) July 22, 2022
According to a national security chat log describing attempts to evacuate Vice President Pence from the Capitol, at the time Secret Service agents heard explosions in the Capitol Rotunda, President Donald Trump tweeted that Pence had “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
National security chat log describing attempts to evacuate VP Pence from the Capitol on Jan. 6 pic.twitter.com/pf66b3CXbl
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) July 22, 2022
The committee previously revealed that the riot intensified shortly after Trump tweeted about Pence’s lack of courage.