Candid video shows top lawmakers pleading with law enforcement to stop Jan 6 mob

WASHINGTON — New behind-the-scenes video shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and other top lawmakers working on the phone to get more police to the U.S. Capitol as a mob ransacked the building on January 6, 2021 .

The House Select Committee investigating the insurgency released the never-before-seen footage during a hearing on Thursday intended in part to establish former President Donald Trump’s complete indifference to the riot he instigated. .

“We have to complete the procedure or they will have a complete victory,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said in the video as she ran off the floor of the House.

Later, the video shows Pelosi making a series of phone calls from secure rooms in the basement of the Capitol.

“They’re breaking the law in different ways, quite frankly in large part at the instigation of the President of the United States,” Pelosi told then-Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in a phone call in the video.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) then added, “Why don’t you ask the president to tell them to get off the Capitol, Mr. Attorney General, in your enforcement responsibility. the law ? A public statement that they should all leave.

Another clip shows Pelosi and Schumer talking to Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on the phone alongside Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) and the majority leader in Then-Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

In another video, Pelosi said McConnell told him he wanted Congress to reconvene and finish certifying Trump’s loss in the election.

“We’re getting a counterpoint that could take time to clean up the poo they’re making all over the place, literally and figuratively, in the Capitol and it can take days to come back,” Pelosi said of the questionable state. from the floor of the house that the rioters ransacked.

The video was filmed by Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra, a documentary filmmaker. CNN announced after the hearing that it would air more of the video on Thursday evening.

As congressional leaders huddled in the basement, several administration officials said in video testimony that Trump watched the Capitol carnage on television from his White House dining room.

“Members of Congress and other government officials stepped into the gigantic leadership vacuum created by the president’s chilling and consistent passivity that day,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a committee member. .

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified William Barr as the attorney general on the phone with Pelosi and Schumer.