The brother of Mike Pence says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not want to call Congress back into session following the Jan. 6 riot but was forced to do so when the former vice president insisted.
Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), who was with his brother as the riot unfolded, called him a “hero” who “wouldn’t leave” the Capitol as the riot unfolded. “He said, ‘I’m going to gavel back in,’” he told The Hill.
“Nancy Pelosi said, ‘We can’t come back for two or three days,’ and [the vice president] said, ‘As soon as the Capitol Police, the heroes, clear the building, I’m gaveling back in,'” Greg Pence added.
But on Thursday, the California Democrat pushed back on Pence’s story, claiming that it never happened.
“He completely does not know what he’s talking about,” Pelosi said after being informed of Pence’s statement. “I was a force for coming back from the start, and I was glad it was bipartisan that we all agreed to come back.
“But he knows not of what he speaks, and he can ask his brother if he wants to get any information,” she noted further to The Hill.
Earlier reports claimed that some rioters were roaming the halls of the Capitol after they broke in searching for the then-vice president to stop him from counting the electoral ballots and certifying the election for Joe Biden.
As for Greg Pence, he was one of 138 Republican lawmakers who voted object to Pennsylvania’s electoral ballots, though the Trump campaign filed innumerable lawsuits challenging results in several battleground states alleging election rules and voting procedures were unconstitutionally altered in the weeks before Nov. 3.
Congressman Pence also voted against legislation passed on Wednesday creating a Jan. 6 commission to investigate the assault on the Capitol, which he and dozens more Republicans believe will become a political tool used by Democrats to go after their opponents, especially supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“Hanging Judge Nancy Pelosi is hellbent on pushing her version of partisan justice complete with a hand-picked jury that will carry out her pre-determined political execution of Donald Trump before law enforcement officials have completed their investigation,” Greg Pence noted in a statement.
Following the riot, which Democrats and many left-leaning media pundits have falsely labeled an “insurrection,” Trump was impeached a historic second time, with 10 House Republicans voting with Democrats. Seven GOP senators voted to convict him in a trial that occurred after Trump had left office, leaving some experts to question the constitutionality of the process.
After the Senate failed to convict, an angry Pelosi denounced the upper chamber as “cowards.”
“Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution that gives, lets everybody off the hook. It lets everybody off the hook,” she said during a post-vote press conference, slamming down her hand.
“Oh, these cowardly Senators who couldn’t face up to what the President did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist? We censure people for using stationery for the wrong purpose. We don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol,” she added.
On another occasion, Pelosi suggested she was ready to physically confront rioters.
“Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter. They would have had a battle on their hands,” the 81-year-old Speaker said.
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