Capitol Assault: Never-Before-Seen Videos Show Elected Officials Calling for Reinforcements

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Capitol Assault: Never-before-seen videos show elected officials asking for reinforcements

The video clips were presented by the committee investigating Donald Trump's role in the Capitol storming, during a public hearing, Thursday.

Never-before-seen videos of one of the US state's most senior figures, Nancy Pelosi, and other lawmakers were unveiled Thursday by the committee investigating the storming the Capitol, showing how these officials frantically made phone calls during the attack for law enforcement reinforcements.

It shows Ms. Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, tense but keeping her cool in a secure location on January 6, 2021.

There must be a way to safeguard people's sense that there is some security or some confidence that the state works and that we can elect the President of the United States, she says .

That day, elected officials gathered at Congressional headquarters in Washington to certify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. But a crowd of supporters of Donald Trump, for whom the ballot was stolen from the Republican, demonstrated in front of the Capitol.

Some of them stormed the Capitol, violence that sent shock waves around the world.

In the video, a stunned Ms. Pelosi is told that elected officials have started donning gas masks.

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A visibly angry Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer later says he's going to call the Secretary of Defense.

Can you do come the Maryland National Guard too?, we see him asking Christopher Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense at the time.

Then he calls the Secretary of Defense Acting Justice, Jeffrey Rosen.

Why don't you get the president to tell them to leave the Capitol, Mr. Justice Secretary, as part of your law enforcement duties? p>

Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, is filmed calling Virginia Governor Ralph Northam while watching the events on television.

Hello, governor, it's Nancy […]. They're breaking windows, they say somebody got shot, it's just awful and it's all instigated by the president of the United States, he says- her.

The two Democrats are also seen at one point alongside Republican figures, discussing ways to get help.

Video shown Thursday during a public committee hearing was edited intercut with footage of the belligerent crowd and supporters of President Trump roaming the halls of Congress.

Bring her to us!, shouts a protester, in an apparent reference to Nancy Pelosi.

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