Pelosi admits she wanted to ‘hit’ Trump
US House speaker vowed to attack ex-president if he enters Congress during January 6 riots, video shows
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to use physical violence against former President Donald Trump if he showed up on Capitol Hill during the January 6 riots in Washington, DC, video shows undisclosed previously published by CNN on Thursday.
The video, which was captured by Alexandra Pelosi, the House speaker’s daughter, appears to show a tense exchange between members of her staff that took place in her Congressional office.
According to the footage, Pelosi was closely watching Trump’s speech in the Ellipse, a park about two miles from Capitol Hill. During the rally, Trump promised his supporters that he would descend with them on Capitol Hill to protest the certification of electoral college votes to formalize the victory of then-President-elect Joe Biden.
In the video, Terri McCullough, Pelosi’s chief of staff, tells her boss that the Secret Service had « dissuaded [Trump] to come to capitol hillciting the lack of resources to protect him there. « So at the moment he’s not coming, but that could change,she pointed out.
« I hope he comes, I’ll hit himreplied Pelosi. « I was waiting for this, for trespassing on the grounds of the Capitol.” The house speaker admitted she could »go to jail« for this attack, a consequence she said she would be »happy » accept.
Ultimately, however, the former president never appeared on Capitol Hill.
The video was released on Thursday as the House Jan. 6 committee investigating the attack voted unanimously to subpoena Donald Trump to provide documents and sworn testimony about it. If the former president does not comply, he faces up to 12 months in prison.
Meanwhile, Trump, a longtime critic of the Capitol attack investigation, denounced the committee as a « Total ‘BUST’ that has only served to further divide our countryand blamed him for waiting so long to issue a subpoena. The remarks were made during an interview with the Truth Social platform owned by Trump Media & Technology Group.