Pence came within 40 feet of the crowd on January 6, according to Aguilar

The violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 came dangerously close to Vice President Mike Pence, posing an immediate threat to his life, according to testimony from Thursday’s hearing into the insurrection.

“About 40 feet. That’s all there was, 40 feet between the vice president and the crowd,” Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) said. “Make no mistake that the vice president’s life was in danger.”

Video footage of the Jan. 6 uprising played during the hearing showed the crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” as they stormed the Capitol. Another rioter shouted into a camera: “You fucking politicians are going to get dragged through the streets.

Meanwhile, Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob, who was with the vice president inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, argued with conservative attorney John Eastman via email during the riot over who was responsible for the violence, according to excerpts presented by the committee. For several days before the violence, Eastman pressured Pence and his team not to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Thanks to your bulls, we are now under siege,” said an email Jacob sent Eastman at 12:14 p.m. on Jan. 6.

After the Capitol attack, Eastman emailed Jacob, again asking Pence to delay certifying the election.

“I implore you to consider another relatively minor violation and adjourn for 10 days, to allow [state] legislatures to complete their investigations as well as to allow for a full forensic audit of the enormous amount of illegal activity that has occurred here,” the email reads.

Eastman later said in a separate email that he “should be on the pardon list, if it’s still pending” with President Trump.

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