The octogenarian Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threatened to punch former President Trump if he stormed the Capitol.
“If he comes, I’m going to punch him out,” Speaker Pelosi says in a video provided to CNN. She was responding to reports the former president wanted to join protesters marching toward the Capitol January 6, 2021.
Fox News further reported:
“I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be happy,” the speaker added.
The new footage, recorded by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, the speaker’s daughter, was released during the House Jan. 6 Committee hearing on Thursday afternoon. CNN later released more context to the clip during a segment on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“Tell him if he comes here, we’re going to the White House,” Pelosi also said in the clip.
At the time of Pelosi’s remarks, Trump was holding a rally at the Ellipse, about two miles away from the Capitol. During the rally, Trump said he would join his supporters at the Capitol, where lawmakers were officializing the presidential election results.
Trump ultimately did not join those who marched on the Capitol, which swiftly turned deadly.
On Thursday afternoon, the committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, held its potentially final hearing following a months-long investigation of the Capitol riot.
“What Donald Trump proceeded to do after the 2020 election is something no president has done before in our country,” Thompson said during his opening statements at the hearing. “In a staggering betrayal of his oath, Donald Trump attempted a plan that led to an attack on a pillar of our democracy. It’s still hard to believe.
“But the facts and testimony are clear, consistent, and undisputed,” he contended.
Witnesses who appeared before the committee were not cross-examined.
In a surprising move, the committee also unanimously voted to subpoena Trump to testify.
Taking to Truth Social, Trump — who has been routinely critical of the committee and its investigation — called it a “total bust” and said the committee’s purpose was only “to further divide” the country.
“Why didn’t the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago? Why did they wait until the very end, the final moments of their last meeting? Because the Committee is a total ‘BUST’ that has only served to further divide our Country which, by the way, is doing very badly,” Trump wrote.
A person close to the former president told Fox News Digital that Trump “loves the idea of testifying” before the committee as he could then “talk about how corrupt the election was, how corrupt the committee was, and how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard that Trump strongly recommended for her to do three days earlier on Jan. 3, 2021.”
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