Trump defends mob that stormed U.S. Capitol

Donald Trump pressured his vice president to go along with an illegal plot to overturn the 2020 US election

and whipped up a mob that put his deputy's life in danger when he refused, congressional investigators and former administration aides said Thursday.

The House committee probing last year's attack on the US Capitol detailed how the former president berated Mike Pence

for not going along with the scheme both knew to be unlawful -- even after being told violence had erupted

At its third public hearing into the January 6, 2021 insurrection, the panel detailed a "relentless" pressure campaign by Trump

"Donald Trump wanted Mike Pence to do something no other vice president has ever done: the former president wanted Pence to reject the votes

and either declare Trump the winner or send the votes back to the states to be counted again," panel chairman Bennie Thompson said.

"Mike Pence said no. He resisted the pressure. He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong."

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