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Trump ‘approved’ of Capitol chants to hang Mike Pence, according to leaked January 6 testimony 

As his supporters rampaged through the U.S. Capitol on January 6 last year chanting that they wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump reportedly left aides with the impression that he approved of the idea.

Pence had emerged as a hate figure for many of the rioters because of the way he refused Trump’s demand to try to block Congressional confirmation of his election defeat. 

Leaked testimony to the House committee investigating the events of that day now suggests that Trump complained that his vice president was being taken to safety.

At one point Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, left the dining room off the Oval Office and suggested to other aides that the president had said something along the lines of perhaps Pence should indeed be hanged, according to the New York Times

The comments will be seen as another example of the depth of the split between president and vice president – both possible contenders for the 2024 Republican nomination – over the 2020 election results.

The details were provided by at least one witness, according to two people familiar with the work of the January 6 committee as it prepares a timeline of the president’s day.

Protesters built a gallows outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6 last year as they went on the rampage. Some chanted: ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ because they blamed him for failing to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election 

Former Vice President Mike Pence was a target of anger on January 6

Former President Donald Trump demanded action from his vice president in a defiant speech on January 6 last year

Now a leak from the House January 6 committee suggests White House officials were left with the impression that President Donald Trump approved of the ‘Hang Mike Pence’ chants

The newspaper said it was confirmed by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Meadows.

Trump’s spokesman Taylor Budowich blasted the way the information had emerged.

‘This partisan committee’s vague ‘leaks,’ anonymous testimony and willingness to alter evidence proves it’s just an extension of the Democrat smear campaign that has been exposed time and time again for being fabricated and dishonest,’ he said. 

Mark Meadows reportedly told colleagues about Trump's comments

Mark Meadows reportedly told colleagues about Trump’s comments

‘Americans are tired of the Democrat lies and the charades, but, sadly, it’s the only thing they have to offer.’ 

Pence and his team repeatedly told Trump that the vice president did not have the authority to block Joe Biden’s authority.

That led to a string of angry tweets from the president, as he proceeded to assert pressure on the day of the protests. 

‘We want to be so respectful of everybody,’ Trump said in a defiant speech on the morning before the riot. 

‘And we are going to have to fight much harder. 

‘And Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country. Because you’re sworn to uphold our Constitution.’

Shortly afterwards his supporters marched on the Capitol. 

A mock gallows was set up outside the building and protesters chanted: ‘Hang Mike Pence.’

Trump ramped up the pressure on Pence during a defiant speech delivered outside the White House on the morning of January 6. Soon after, his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol

Trump ramped up the pressure on Pence during a defiant speech delivered outside the White House on the morning of January 6. Soon after, his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol

Trump went after his own VP in a tweetstorm even though Pence had told the president that he did not have the power to block or delay the certification of Joe Biden's win

Trump went after his own VP in a tweetstorm even though Pence had told the president that he did not have the power to block or delay the certification of Joe Biden’s win

Their words came to symbolize the split between Republicans who were loyal to the Constitution and those who had sworn blind loyalty to Trump. 

Months later audio emerged of the former president defending the people responsible, saying they were simply angry about voter fraud allegations.

During a taped interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, obtained by Axios, Trump can be heard playing down the chanted threats.

In the clip, Karl initially asks whether Trump was worried about his vice president.

‘No, I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape,’ Trump replies during the interview for Karl’s book ‘Betrayal’ at Mar-a-Lago, conducted on March 18. ‘No. Because I had heard he was in very good shape.’

‘Because you heard those chants — that was terrible,’ Karl replies. ‘He could have — well, the people were very angry,’ Trump says.

‘They were saying ‘hang Mike Pence,” Karl pushes.

‘Because it’s common sense, Jon. It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect,’ Trump replies. ‘How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right?’ he says, touting the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

‘How can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How can you do that?’

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