Jan. 6 hearing gives insight into Trump’s fury toward Pence
Trump made several edits to his Jan. 6 speech script after call with Pence
The Jan. 6 committee’s hearing Tuesday revealed new details about the rift between Donald Trump and Mike Pence leading up to the capitol riot.
Pence told Trump during a Jan. 5 phone call that he would not block the certification of electoral votes. At this point, Trump reportedly hurled expletives towards his vice-president and called him a “coward”.
An hour after that call, Mike Pence publicly stated that he would vote to certify the election results and that Joe Biden would be the next president.
Following their exchange, Trump told staff to reinsert several references to Mike Pence into his planned speech that had been previously deleted. Trump went even further to ad-lib several more references to Pence neglecting his duty in the speech.
Pence never disclosed the subject matter of his call with the president to his staff and nobody else was present at the time.
The Jan. 6 committee has not said whether or not it will seek testimony from then-Vice President Pence.