Former Vice President Mike Pence has revealed more details about the Jan. 6 attack and why he refused to get in Secret Service car while they were holding at the loading dock.
In his interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Pence revealed more details about what he was doing while the crowd was chanting “hang Mike Pence” and breaking down the doors.
“I felt no fear – I was filled with indignation,” said Pence.
He was also asked about one of the biggest details revealed by Pence’s team, that he refused to get into the Secret Service vehicle while they were holding at the loading dock.
Pence recalled sticking his finger in the chest of his Secret Service chief, Tim Gables, and said he wouldn’t leave prior to the Secret Service evacuating him to the loading dock.
“I saw that they had positioned vehicles on the ramp, and I just turned to my Secret Service lead and said, ‘I’m not getting in that car,'” Pence recalled.
“He wanted you just to wait in the car –” Muir asked.
“Sir, we’re not leaving,” Pence said Gables told him. “They heard me, ‘we’re not leaving. We’re just going have you hold in the car.'”
“Why wouldn’t you get in the car?” asked Muri.
“Well, I looked at — he said, ‘We’re not leaving,'” Pence continued. “And I said — I said, ‘Tim, you’re a man of integrity. but you’re not driving that car.’ And I — I just assumed that if we got in the car and closed those 200-pound doors that — not my team in the loading dock — but that somebody maybe back at Secret Service headquarters would simply give the driver an order to go.”
“And you were concerned that if you left the capitol, you might be prevented from getting back to certify that vote?” asked Muir.
“I — it– I think that was it, David,” Pence fumbled. “I just didn’t want those rioters to see the vice president’s more motorcade speeding away from Capitol Hill. I didn’t want to give them that satisfaction.”