The further we delve into the story of January 6th, 2021, the more peculiar the tale becomes.
This was already an incredibly distinct day in American history, representing the first time that the Capitol has been breached since 1814, and the first time ever by Americans.
And while that would often be enough to provide some sense of gravity to the situation, a new report on the mood within the former Vice President’s inner circle, a new report adds a but of color commentary on that subject.
Members of Mike Pence’s Secret Service detail phoned loved ones to say their final farewells on Jan. 6, 2021, as rioters calling for Pence’s head came within feet of the former vice president, it was revealed on Thursday.
The agents feared for their lives as they made a frantic effort to evacuate Pence from the Senate chamber while angry rioters called for the vice president to be hanged.
“The members of the VP detail at this time were starting to fear for their own lives,” an unidentified security official told the select panel investigating the Capitol riot.
“There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal calls over the radio, so it was disturbing. I don’t like talking about it,” he testified.
“There were calls to say goodbye to family members,” he continued. “For whatever the reason was on the ground, the VP detail thought that this was about to get very ugly.”
He added: “We came very close to either Service having to use lethal options or worse.”
The J6 committee has been focusing on the threat to Mike Pence in recent days, attempting to portray the MAGA mobs of that day as potentially murderous.