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with the latest. >> reporter: the pressure pain was relentless, trying to get mike pence to do something that no vice president had ever done. to try to get his installment for president for a second time. pence was presiding over a joint session of congress. >> it was a different tone that i had ever heard a vice president before. >> reporter: the supporters would take aim at the vice president. >> mike pence will have to come through for us. if he doesn't, that will be a sad day for our country.
>> reporter: the rioters echoing the president's remarks. >> if pence comes, we'll drag the [bleep] through the streets. >> reporter: trump still attacked pence and twitter as the mob was 40 feet away from the vice president. he told him that he had no authority to take such action. >> did the vice president convey his issue to the president, not just the world but directly to president trump? >> many times. >> and had been consistent in conveying his position? >> very consistent. >> reporter: he kept saying that the vice president had the authority. >> he let the legislatures of the state look into this and to
get to the bottom of it. >> i thought he was crazy? i said are you out of your f'ing mind? you're going to cause riots in the streets. >> reporter: they sent these text messages to mark meadows, saying on january 5th, i'm worried about the next 48 hours. but as he was peddling the theory, eastman knew it was bogus. writing january 2020, nowhere does the president of the senate get to make the decision on his own. pence recalls tense negotiations in the white house, including the one on january 5th. >> what surprised me about the meeting is when mr. eastman came in, he said, i'm here to request that you reject the electors. he came in and expressly requested that.
>> reporter: as trump and pence were privately sparked by the vice president's role, the white house issued a statement saying that he and the advice press that pence had the power to act. >> we're shocked and disappointed who put that statement out, it was categorically untrue. as for eastman, he had this request through trump that he sent through rudy giuliani. >> he decided i should be on the pardon list. that is still in the works. >> reporter: as this committee is moving ahead, it facing pressure to turn over transcripts to help with their own investigation. but they said they would not provide the justice department with that information because of concerns with the justice department it could delay their own probe from going forward.
thompson said they will eventually they will cooperate. will they refer donald trump or anybody for further investigation, potential prosecution? that is something they have not made a final decision on. they said they would wait for the final report to come out before waiting on the topic even though he indicated that was not the area he wanted to pursue. >> thank you very much. let's go to the folks and talk about this. i'm going to start with you, nina, we're learning details about the relentless campaign from president trump to reject the will of the voters. but massive people around trump knew it was a massive lie. why were they able to go so
far? >> the enduring belief in the guardrails. american democracy stronger than any one president or party and then it would be strong enough to withstand that drive- thru donald trump wanted to do. if you are donald trump in the after math of the election on the eve of january 6th, you're a man who has been able to get away with breaking lots of rules and suffering no consequences. if you think about, for instance, his first impeachment hearing. he must realize that he's going to have people that rally around him to believe him to defend him, no matter what. so in the end, you have a man that goes to great lengths at pressuring mike pence with all sorts of lies, seeding these thoughts in 2016, after he lost
the popular vote. he believed that he could do anything and get away with it. and it could be 2024, he could be elect the president again and not face any punishment for in grave threat to american democracy that he incited on january sixth. >> he was well aware that it was complete bs. >> we had a extended discussion an hour and a half to two hours on january 5th. when i pressed him on the point, i said, john, if the vice president did what you're asking him to do, would will lose 9-1 in the supreme court, won the he? he initially started, i think you would lose 7-2. and after
further discussion, acknowledged, yes, you're right we would lose 9-0. jacob told trump that his plan would violate the election. >> there is a reason that he pleads the fifth amendment against self-incrimination because he thinks that he may have committed a crime 146 times. that is why he asked for a presidential pardon. he knew that he was asking, pushing for the government to take actions that you knew were unlawful, he violating the law. there are any number of fraud statues conspiring the united states that a federal judge said that he, perhaps working in concert of the united states, may have violated the law at least two different times. it is quite shameful here.
and one thing that struck me today was from one of his e- mails, you know him, once he gets something in his head, it is hard for him to change course. they knew that they were breaking the law and the president clearly knew that what they were pushing was wrong. but it is hard for him to change course. so what we saw here, done, was possibly evidence of a crime. >> he knew that there was a mob at the capitol when pence didn't have the courage to do what needed to be done,. >> he is a traitor and he deserves to burn with the rest of them.
>> pence did not do what we wanted. >> we have been here on the steps. >> we heard that pence is not going to reject any vote. mike pence has betrayed the united states of america. [ booing ] >> mike pence has betrayed this president and the people of the united states and we will never, ever forget. >> it is frightening, honestly. that is the right response. the former white house aide said that trump's tweet was like pouring gasoline on a fire. do you agree with that? >> absolutely. he made a horrible situation worse. while that was going on, we heard testimony today that mike pence was in the safety of the
capitol 40 feet away from the protesters that said that they were more than willing to take his life. look at that. mike pence waiting to do his duty to certify the election results. he's there with his bible and the outrage. this is another example of donald trump, regardless of the advice he was given, he goes with what he wants to be fact. he shops around his advisers who will confirm his belief and what he wants to do. we just heard the other day, rudy giuliani, you thought there could not be more of a clown in this situation, enters
john eastman and continues to provide factually miss information to the president. they say there was no justifiable legal theory for what he was telling trump. he did it anyway. this is despicable what happened. it defies reality. i'm glad to see that the doj is keeping an eye on this and asking for witness testimony. i hope people that are responsible or held accountable. but i'll be interested to see what happens in the court of law. if it does change any minds in the court of public opinion. >> you know, alice, you oakley get into arguments with people on the panel. i asked earlier about fear. do you ever get concerned about speaking your mind and saying these things about rudy giuliani and the president and
what they did regarding january 6th? >> i get a lot from people on social media that like to use their social media bravery and hide behind animosity. i am not worried about speaking my mind. i need to speak what is true and what i know to be fact than to blindly follow a false narrative of election fraud and a stolen election, which most people that are rational and of sound mind and body know there was no election fraud and no reason to incite this right at the capitol. >> what the people were saying against mike pence and others, we did not have the insurrection otherwise. let's play more. here's what else the committee
said about the danger to mike pence. >> vice president pence and his team were led to a secure location where they stayed for the next four and a half hours, barely missing rioters a few feet away. >> approximately 40 feet, that is all there was. 40 feet between the vice president and the mob. >> mr. attorney, did the committee make the case that trump's actions led to a direct threat to the vp's life? >> certainly. perhaps not the criminally chargeable way, don. but they have been making the case repeatedly that the president -- for instance the first hearing, they played the moment at which the tweet is read 2:26 p.m. the guy on the megaphone is saying, hang mike pence. you know, something that is
getting buried today from the judge, the conservative judge that testified today, making the case that this is not just about january 6th, but the underlining causes that led to the kinds of things that were why your question, the unrest and violence has not gone away. and it could affect the 2024 elections if it is not dealt in a strong way. thank god it was a conservative voice making the message at this point. it is an important one. is not just about one day of violence. >> i think you can even make the argument that trump might be more powerful now than he was then. if you think where the republicans are, of the vast majority of them believe in donald trump's big lies, that were built on smaller lies that we saw laid out so masterfully today in that areas.
he seems poised to run for re- election and announce at some point that he will run reelection. people are being installed that believe in the big lie and could have the power to overturn the yield of voters. you have a governor that says that he believes in the big lie and he would have the power to appoint a secretary of state that could do donald trump's bidding. you talk about the clear and present danger. it is very abundantly clear that january 6th was just a dry run for what could happen in
2024. >> i think mike pence upheld democracy a hero. because that was his job. he may be weighing a one for president as well. >> there is a share of the republican party. we have alice on our panel tonight. there is a share that agrees with mike pence that might vote for them in a primary. but i think the vast majority of republicans are in line with trump. you saw the emotion that is on display. on january 6th, that is not necessarily contained to those folks. there is a raw and emotional attachment that many republicans have for this president and his beliefs. >> alice, what do you say about that, mike pence running? >> i expect him top do so. he'll have a lot of support that he already had and get a lot more based on what we're
learning in these hearings. >> you think? scott jennings said, donald trump is going to get up on the stage with everyone and say mike pence detrade our country. >> mike pence did what he is constitutionally obligated to do. most people realize that is the role of the vice president. >> is that where your party is today? is that where you think he will be in 2024? >> there are is a large swath of the republican party that still looks at him as the head of the republican party. many of them are not watching the tick-tock of these hearings. more are looking at issues like inflation and crime and gas prices as to what they're going to vote for in 2024. they're not paying that close
attention. to be quite honest, surprisingly, there are a lot of people, no matter comes out of this hearing will not change their mind about donald trump and his false beliefs that there was a lot of election fraud. but there are a lot of people that are watching it and learning a lot of things that are disturbing happened on january sixth and election night and the advice that the president was given by a team of serious advisers that he neglected to listen to. instead, he took the advice from people of rudy giuliani and john eastman. >> everyone is nodding in the affirmative. are you shocked? >> i would hope that everybody here is rational people and and what it constitution stands for. >> i'm just here to tell you what you could go to jail for. >> he's just here so he will
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he pushed it anyway, even as a mob descended on the capitol? is that the our democracy now, mob and violence? >> the judge said that the closing point was not looking backwards of january 6th and looking forward at 2022 and 2024 and seeing trump as a clear and present danger. that was the phrase that he used. >> i'll play that. this is a former federal judge, very conservative. >> almost two more years after that fateful day in january of 2021, that still, donald trump
and his allies and supporters are in clear and present danger to american democracy. >> so he is very well respected, right? he was almost nominated to the supreme court. it was interesting to me, because i was lit seasoning on the satellite radio because i was running errands today. and thought he was just, even when he was slow to respond. he was a really good witness. trump and his allies are still spouting election lies. do you think it could happen again? >> not only could it happen again. but when the unthinkable happens, to me, the trump is
again and again. once you shatter a norm and a barrier, you moved to a different place. so not only is it a challenge to the election possible, this is the first time in american history that a president has refused to accept defeat and has interfered with the peaceful transfer of power. and now there say first time, is it easier to invision a second. they're the secretary of states in places that are responsible for how the elections are going on to counted and carry the out in the future. if the election doesn't go your way and you control the state legislature, why not change the
results? that is so chilling to me. they were contemplating overturning the results. >> i wonder if you thought about this moment and if you thought it was effective in this is what greg jacob brought up. >> history was decisive. part of my discussion of mr. eastman, i said don't you know that al gore had the authority to overturn the results. but text structure, history, i think what we had ambiguous text that common sense and structure would tell you that the answer cannot possibly be that the vice president has that authority as they have
played the vice president's remarks. there is anything unamerican that an american person would choose the american president and break the practice of 230 years that the vice president did not have such authority. >> what do you think of that, susan? >> you remember, the florida dispute election in 2000, it was 500 votes that separated the two candidates. that was a close election. in 2020 it was not close. if the closest state, we're talking about thousands and thousands of votes separating biden and trump. so it wasn't even close, first of all. the big difference between 2000 and 2020 is it that al gore and
bush accepted the results and asked the country to come together around the outcome. you have the president that gone to war against any outcome that did not have him as a winner. of that is someone that does not believe in the american system. where did pence's lawyer bring that up was so revealing. we highlight this in our book that is going to come out in the fall, when he's saying, what about al gore should have been the president. john eastman basically said, al gore should have not been president. the theory is -- it is literally absurd. that is the thing. i'm not a lawyer. but in purely technical terms this is ridiculous what he was
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the january sixth committee sending a request to jenny thomas. it appears that the wife of supreme court clarence thomas to talk. what is the committee hoping to learn from jenny thomas? >> the source familiar with the temperature confirmed to cnn that the january 6th committee has e-mails between jenny thomas and john eastman, who in today's hearing to have taken the fifth a hundred times when questioned about his role in the apparent to overthrow the government. he is the conservative lawyer that argued that mike pence could throw out the electors in 7 states and let republican lawmakers award the votes instead to trump. we don't know a lot about the
content of the e-mails. but the notes shows that thomas's efforts to overturn the election were more extensive than previously known. they have 29 text messages between jenny thomas and then white house chief of staff mark meadows after his boss, donald trump lost. for example, she wrote, help this great president stand firm, mark. the majority knows biden and the left is attempting the greatest heist of our history. in regard to trump's legal team challenging the results, release the kracken and save us from the left taking america down. and days after the attack on the capitol failed to stop the confirmation of biden's win. she wrote, it feels like the end of america, amazing times, the end of liberty. jenny tom also wrote out to
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