January 6 “the seeds were sown” in November 2020

Former Vice President Mike Pence said the “seeds were sown for a tragic January day” in November 2020, according to an excerpt Axios obtained from his new book “So Help Me God,” released November 15. .

Pence describes a scene shortly after the election, in which he met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a briefing with campaign lawyers and outside attorneys like Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell to discuss options for challenging the results.

“After campaign lawyers presented a sober and somewhat pessimistic report on the state of the election challenges, the outside cast of characters went on the attack,” Pence wrote. “Giuliani said to the president over the loudspeaker: ‘Your lawyers are not telling you the truth, Mr. President.'”

He added, “Even in an office well-versed in heated debates, it was a new low,” and that “it went downhill from there,” according to the Axios excerpt.

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White House lawyers described other conflicts with outside counsel — including a meeting on December 18, 2020, which lasted more than six hours — during testimony before the House Select Committee on January 6. .

“I don’t think any of these people gave the president good advice,” former White House counsel Pat Cipollone said of the group including Powell and Giuliani who came to the House. Blanche to see Trump that day.

Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the House committee, said during a July 12 hearing that “what ensued was a heated and profane confrontation between this group and the president’s White House advisers. Trump, who exchanged personal insults, accusations of disloyalty to the president and even challenges to a physical fight.”

In his book, Pence said responsibility for the events that followed, including the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, ultimately rested with the former president’s decision to put Giuliani and Powell in charge of the legal challenges. aimed at nullifying the elections.

Angela C. Hale