Trump defends threats to Pence on January 6 in new audio

By WBOK Staff

Friday, November 12, 2021

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump appeared to defend the threats made against then-Vice President Mike Pence during the January 6 insurrection in a new audio recording released Friday.

"Well, the people were very angry," Trump can be heard telling ABC News' Jonathan Karl during a taped interview for Karl's new book, "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show."
The former President, whose campaign to pressure Pence into halting Congress' certification of the 2020 Electoral College votes ultimately failed, said he thought his vice president was "well protected" as hundreds of pro-Trump protesters stormed the halls of Congress. At the time, some rioters could be heard shouting, "hang Mike Pence," who was at the Capitol that day presiding over the Senate's counting of the votes.
"No, I thought he was well protected and I had heard that he was in good shape," Trump told Karl, when asked if he was worried about Pence during the siege.
Trump did not contact Pence while the insurrection was unfolding to confirm his safety, and the two men ultimately went days without speaking after police had cleared the building and Congress proceeded to certify the election results -- a process that was overseen by Pence.
A spokesperson for Pence declined to comment to CNN.
Trump sat down with Karl for the interview in March at Mar-a-Lag....

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