Former President Donald Trump responded to the chants of "Hang Mike Pence" with some approval, according to accounts given to the Jan. 6 commission.
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows walked into his own office and told his co-workers that Trump complained about how former Vice President Mike Pence was being whisked away to safety, according to a report from the New York Times. Trump then said something resembling the notion that maybe Pence should be hanged, Meadows added, though it is unclear what tone the former president may have used.
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The accounts were provided by at least one witness who spoke before the Jan. 6 commission, according to two people briefed on their work. Meadows's former aide Cassidy Hutchinson confirmed the account, according to people familiar with the events.
Representatives for Meadows and Trump both denied the allegations, with a lawyer for Meadows saying he has "every reason to believe” that the account is "untrue."
“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,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said. “Americans are tired of the Democrat lies and the charades, but sadly, it’s the only thing they have to offer.”
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The Jan. 6 commission is gathering testimony and quotes regarding the former president's conduct on the day of the Jan. 6 attack. It is also investigating the allegations that others may have contributed to the riots, such as whether Rep. Barry Loudermilk's decision to organize a tour of constituents included reconnaissance of the Capitol prior to the riot.