WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that she hoped then-President Donald Trump would come to the complex so she could “put the He got out.”
This moment and many others were captured on Jan. 1 by Pelosi’s daughter, documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. 6 Footage for HBO, first obtained by CNN. It aired hours after the House select committee investigating the attack played other clips from the video during Thursday’s ninth hearing.
“Tell him if he’s here, we’re going to the White House,” the spokesman joked, reacting to Trump’s speech at the White House Oval earlier in the day.
Another video showed Pelosi talking to her staff as crowds began to gather at the Capitol. In it, Pelosi’s chief of staff Terry McCullough told a spokesman that the Secret Service had “dissuaded” Trump from coming to Capitol Hill to join his supporters.
“They told him they didn’t have the resources to protect him,” McCullough said. “So at the moment, he’s not coming, but that could change.”
“I hope he comes,” Pelosi responded. “I want to get him out. This is my moment. I’ve been waiting for this. For trespassing in the Capitol. I want to get him out, I’m going to jail, I’m going to be happy.”
The video broadcast by CNN showed other clips, similar to those played during the hearing, in which Pelosi and other congressional leaders scrambled for help as the Capitol was under siege.
A montage displayed at the hearing showed congressional leaders pleading for help from the governor, acting defense secretary and acting attorney general as rioters stormed the Capitol.
“I’m going to call the Secretary of Defense,” then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in the montage, referring to the Defense Department, who was sitting with Pelosi in a secret 3 p.m. in the room. The afternoon saw two Democratic leaders use Schumer’s flip phone to call then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller for a “massive” response.
Video from the hearing also showed Pelosi talking to the Virginia governor. Ralph Northam, she wondered if he could deploy his state’s National Guard to the Capitol. She told Northam that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made the same request to the Maryland governor. Larry Hogan. Schumer and Pelosi were also seen on the phone with acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen asking him to get Trump to remove his supporters.
“Why don’t you let the president tell them to leave the Capitol, Mr. Attorney General, in your law enforcement duties — should they all make a public statement?” Schumer said.
The video also shows Pelosi speaking to Vice President Mike Pence on two separate phone calls that day about how they will restore certification of the 2020 election results.
In additional footage obtained by NBC News, not shown during the hearing, Pelosi, Schumer and other leaders can be seen discussing whether to reconvene Congress at Fort McNair and complete the process immediately or wait “a few days” until The Capitol can be secured. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the time had said he hoped lawmakers would return to the Capitol soon to show that the insurgents were unsuccessful.
“The most important thing we’re going to do is verify the presidency,” Pelosi told her fellow leaders as they crouched in a secure location in Fort McNair. “It has a lot to do with whether we do it in the Capitol or in the lobby.”
Eventually, members returned to the Capitol after 7 p.m. to complete the process.
Pelosi and Trump have had a strained relationship during his presidency, including her and other Democratic leaders walking out of the White House with Trump in 2019 after Trump experienced what Pelosi called a “collapse” the moment of meeting. At the end of Trump’s third State of the Union address of 2020, Pelosi tore up a copy of his speech.