Pelosi and I are ‘resolved’ to call in the military on Jan. 6
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attends a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2022.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on Sunday about his experience during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, saying he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “are committed” to calling in the military. and to continue counting the votes.
“Speaker Pelosi and I were determined to have the military go in first and kick the people out of the Capitol. The Capitol police were overwhelmed,” Schumer said, according to reports from NBC News. “And we called the Secretary of Defense. We call[ed] the governors of Virginia and Maryland who had the national guard as well as the DC police and are urging[d] send reinforcements to the Capitol to make sure these hooligans are taken down.”
Schumer’s account follows the House Select Committee’s ninth public hearing on January 6 on Thursday afternoon, during which members considered the findings of his investigation, interspersed with new clips and information.
The hearing showed new clips of Pelosi and others calling several Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, to urge them to take action to quell the riot as they hide from the crowd that invaded the Capitol.
Some of the footage, captured by Pelosi’s daughter, showed Schumer and other members of Congress running to safety, according to NBC News.
Schumer said a good time of day came when Republicans and Democrats came together and decided to keep counting the electoral vote.
“A great moment was when the four leaders, two Democrats and two Republicans got together around 5 p.m. and said we weren’t going to let these hooligans stop the government process,” he said. “They would have succeeded. If we had delayed the counting of the electoral votes, God knows what would have happened.”
The House Select Committee voted unanimously Thursday to subpoena former President Donald Trump over his actions surrounding the insurgency in a decision that has been under consideration for some time.
The vote marks the boldest step yet for the bipartisan panel, which has so far issued more than 100 subpoenas and interviewed more than 1,000 people throughout its investigation.