The Home Republican asks Pence to assist Trump converse out on the rebellion on Jan. 6

In Herrera Beutler’s narration, McCarthy urged Trump to break off the mob, to which Trump initially replied that he could not do this because he was made up of left-wing extremists – a lie that has been exposed by federal investigators.

When McCarthy refuted Trump, the former president replied, “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more angry about the election than you are,” Herrera-Beutler said.

The comment is further evidence that the case the House amassed during the Senate trial is supported – that Trump ignored his allies’ pleas to call off the rioters and demand that they go home. Rather, he seemed more interested in continuing to find ways to delay the confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory as president that day.

Herrera Beutler’s anecdote fits perfectly with Senator Tommy Tuberville’s revelation that he informed Trump directly on January 6, around 2:15 p.m., that Pence had been evacuated from the Senate Chamber a few minutes earlier. At 2:24 pm, Trump tweeted an attack on Pence, saying he lacked “courage” to refuse to unilaterally block Biden’s victory.

It is unclear whether Herrera Beutler’s requests will have an impact just hours before the probable conclusion of the process and the Senate vote.

Late Friday, a Democratic senator cited the McCarthy and Tuberville revelations as a reason to potentially “suspend” the impeachment process and seek testimony from both Republican lawmakers.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) said the caretakers could also ask “Intelligence to submit communications to the White House regarding pence’s safety during the siege for review. What did Trump know and when did he know?” So far, no other Democratic senator has specifically requested these steps.

The nine House Democrats pursuing the Trump case have yet to state whether they want to call witnesses, even though Senators from both parties have expected the process to end without additional testimony and quickly move to final arguments and a vote.

Trump’s attorneys have claimed that Trump was “appalled” by the violence in the Capitol and was quick to respond to it. This contradicts the memories of many Trump allies and his own public statements on the day of the riot.

Herrera Beutler has been telling the McCarthy story since last month, including in her local newspaper, but it went largely unnoticed and was not mentioned in Trump’s impeachment proceedings on Thursday.

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