Former White House staffers described a “heated” Jan. 6, 2021, call between President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in footage released Thursday by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The video revealed new details about the couple’s relationship before the President condemned his No. 2 for allegedly lacking the courage to void an election, leading to calls among Trump supporters gathered on Capitol Hill to ” hang Mike Pence”.

“Despite the Vice President constantly telling the President that he did not have and would not want the power to decide the outcome of the presidential election, Donald Trump continued to pressure the Vice President, both publicly and privately,” Rep. Pete Aguilar said. (D-Redlands), who conducted Thursday’s hearing, said. “Things reached a boiling point on January 6 and the consequences were disastrous.”

Pence’s former attorney Greg Jacob testified that on the morning of January 6, he, his chief of staff Marc Short, communications director Devin O’Malley and legislative affairs director Chris Hodgson visited the residence of the vice president.

“And we were told a call came from the president,” Jacob said. “The vice president walked out of the room to take that call, and no staff accompanied him.”

But several members of the Trump family were with him in the Oval Office, Aguilar said, before showing interviews with them and others, as well as never-before-seen National Archives footage of the president taking the call.

Eric Herschmann, a former White House attorney, told investigators he saw Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Ivanka Trump, who described the appeal to investigators as “very loose”. and relaxed.

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) at the hearing.

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An image of a noose hanging in front of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

An image of a noose hanging in front of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 is displayed on a screen during the hearing.

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Herschmann said he could only hear the president’s side of the conversation. Although it started off calm, he said, it “became heated,” a term Ivanka Trump also used to describe the conversation.

“Until he got a little stronger, I don’t think anyone paid attention to it at first,” Herschmann said.

“I remember hearing the word ‘wimp,'” Nicholas Luna, a former Trump aide, said in a deposition. “Either he called him a wimp — I don’t remember if he said, ‘You’re a wimp’; ‘You’re going to be a wimp.’ ‘Wimp’ is the word I remember.

General Keith Kellogg, Pence’s former national security adviser, said he remembered hearing Trump say something to Pence to the effect of, “You’re not tough enough to make the call. “.

“It was a different tone than I had heard him take with the vice president before,” added Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump’s chief of staff, Julie Radford, told investigators that Ivanka told her “her father had just had an upsetting conversation with the vice president.” Herschmann said Ivanka Trump looked “uncomfortable” after that moment in Dan Scavino’s office.

Asked if she remembered what Ivanka Trump said her father called Pence, Radford replied, “The P-word.”