© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and Metropolitan Police officer Daniel Hodges, both injured while guarding the Capitol and members of Congress on January 6, 2021, watch the Committee Select the US House of Representatives to investigate
By Jeff Mason and Mike Stone
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said testimony and video from a January 6 hearing two days ago featured congressional leaders in intense phone calls with Pentagon officials Corner and White House in the attack on the US Capitol, is “cruel .”
Biden was speaking to reporters while stopping at an ice cream parlor in Oregon as he campaigned for Tina Kotek, who is running for governor of Oregon.
“I think the testimony and the video are really devastating and I’ve tried not to comment,” Biden said.
Biden said he would not comment further on the work of the January 6 committee because he did not want to be seen as influencing the attorney general, which he said he did not.
Some of the tapes come from the family of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who were at the Capitol that day. One of the clips shows the California Democrat on a call with Republican Vice President Mike Pence.
“When I talked to him, I said, ‘I’m so afraid you’re still on the Capitol,'” Pelosi said Saturday during a speech at a San Francisco community farming event.
Pence replied that the Secret Service thought it would attract more attention if he and his entourage left the Capitol, Pelosi said. “God knows what could have happened if that entourage had gone out there,” she added.
The House committee examining the January 6, 2021 attack by Donald Trump supporters voted unanimously on Thursday to subpoena the former president, a move that could lead to criminal charges. if you do not comply.
The hearing follows eight others earlier this year and one in July 2021. There were no in-person witnesses on Thursday, but the panel presented videotaped testimony to build a case that’s the effort. Trump’s efforts to overturn his November 2020 presidential election defeat constitute illegal conduct that goes beyond ordinary politics.
Thursday’s committee vote could be its last public act before the November 8 congressional elections that will decide whether Biden’s Democrats continue to control the House and Senate. are not.