Speaker Nancy Pelosi teared up on Friday reviewing the Wednesday mob attack on the U.S. Capitol and how her staffers were forced to hide under tables in the dark for hours as advocates of President Donald Trump searched for her.
In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, which aired Sunday night, Pelosi described to host Lesley Stahl her experience on Wednesday, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol structure.
” What occurred was an awful, terrible offense of the very first branch of federal government, the legal branch by the President of the United States,” Pelosi said as she teared up.
The House Speaker exposed that there’s proof to suggest that the mob was searching for her.
As protesters searched the structure, Pelsoi and inbound Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, from their undisclosed hiding location, prompted Trump to direct his followers to leave.
” The president stated, ‘Go home,’ however the election was– you understand, went on with his lies, his misrepresentations, his deception that he won in a landslide in this election,” she informed Stahl.
Pelosi said leading legislators, including Schumer and outbound Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, thought that returning to the Capitol to end up certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election win was the right thing to do.
” There was some ideas that it may take too long, and we should do it at the undisclosed place,” she stated. “However there was a basic belief that it– from the message of strength that we required to send out, we needed to go back to the Capitol as quickly as possible.”
The violent storming of the Capitol left five people dead, consisting of one Capitol police officer.
Hours after her interview with CBS on Friday, Pelosi cautioned Trump that lawmakers will begin impeachment procedures if he does not resign prior to Biden’s inauguration. Require the president’s impeachment have actually grown over the past few days, with more than 200 members of Congress in assistance of eliminating him from workplace.
Newsweek reached out to the White Home for remark.