Vice President Mike Pence pleaded with the acting defense secretary to 'clear the Capitol' as pro-Trump rioters overran the building, report says

President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a coronavirus briefing in February 2020. Alex Wong / Getty Images
The Associated Press received an internal Pentagon document on January 6th about the Capitol uprising.
According to the outlet, Vice President Mike Pence called the acting Secretary of Defense urgently.
"Clean up the Capitol," Pence said after the mob had been in the building for hours.
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Questions about the timing of events remained after a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump broke through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, forced lawmakers to evacuate and killed several people.
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Some of these details are contained in an Internal Department of Defense document obtained from the Associated Press.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the building when the Capitol riot started, called urgently in the chaos.
"Clean up the Capitol," Pence told Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Associated Press reported. Pence was in a "safe place" when he called, but the Capitol had been overrun by rioters for two hours.
The Associated Press compiled the timeline of the siege from the document and the previously known details.
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According to the outlet, the timeline shows "the inaction of then-President Donald Trump" and "shows that the secret service's missteps, tactical errors and bureaucratic delays were obscured by the government's failure to understand the scale and intensity of a violent uprising." own citizens. "
Pence was at the Capitol on January 6 to oversee the electoral college vote count and to confirm President Joe Biden's victory. Trump encouraged his supporters to come to Washington DC to "stop the theft," an indication of his baseless allegations of widespread electoral fraud.
Before the siege, Trump approached a crowd of his supporters and asked them to march to the Capitol. He also hit pence for not blocking the electoral college count, despite the fact that the vice president's role was largely ceremonial.
Some of the rioters were videotaped singing "Hang Mike Pence".
"Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution," tweeted Trump as his supporters approached the Senate Chamber just minutes after Pence was evacuated at around 2:13 pm .
An hour later, Trump tweeted again, calling on his supporter, who had already overrun the building and attacked police officers, to "stay peaceful".
Pence's call to Miller asking him to vacate the Capitol came at 4:08 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
At 4:17 p.m. Trump first asked his supporters to leave. He tweeted a video reiterating false statements about the election, saying, "Go home and go home in peace."
The Capitol was not declared safe until 8 p.m. and law enforcement was heavily criticized for their response to the day's events.
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