According to testimony given to the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, former President Donald Trump expressed support for rioters who are calling for former Vice President Mike Pence to be hanged, POLITICO reports.
“The White House chief of staff at the time, Mark Meadows, was in the dining room off the Oval Office with Trump at one point during last year’s Capitol attack, the committee has been told,” POLITICO reports. “Meadows then left the dining room and informed other people nearby that Trump had signaled a positive view of the prospect of hanging the vice president, the panel heard.”
Meadows’ account of the incident allegedly came after some rioters broke into chants of “Hang Mike Pence!” after the former VP defied Trump and certified the results of the 2020 election. POLITICO points out that the veracity Meadows’ claim could not independently verified.
Speaking to POLITICO, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich slammed the “partisan committee’s vague ‘leaks.'”
“This partisan committee’s vague ‘leaks,’ anonymous testimony, and willingness to alter evidence proves it’s just an extension of the Democrat smear campaign that has been exposed time and time again for being fabricated and dishonest,” he said. “Americans are tired of the Democrat lies and the charades, but, sadly, it’s the only thing they have to offer.”
Read the full report over at POLITICO.