'Schoolyard bully' Donald Trump mocked for telling Mike Pence 'I don’t want to be your friend anymore'

'Schoolyard bully' Donald Trump mocked for telling Mike Pence 'I don’t want to be your friend anymore'
Former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (Shutterstock).

The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol's third public hearing on Thursday focused on former President Donald Trump's last-ditch effort to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence to overstep his constitutional authority and overturn the 2020 election.

During the testimony of retired Federal Appellate Court Judge John Michael Luttig – a conservative jurist who served as Pence's counsel prior to the insurrection – Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-California) read excerpts from a recently published book that chronicled the exchange Trump had with Pence about sending the results of the Electoral College back to states whom Trump was falsely alleging defrauded him out of a victory over President Joe Biden.

Luttig testified that "there was no basis in the Constitution or the laws of the United States at all for the theory espoused by [Trump attorney John] Eastman. At all. None," behind Eastman's emailed coup instructions.

The blurb recited by Aguilar noted that Pence felt the same way when Trump attempted to pressure him into cooperating:

In the book 'Peril,' Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write that the president said, 'if these people say you have the power, wouldn't you want to?' The vice president says, 'I wouldn't want any one person to have that authority. The president responds, 'well wouldn't it be almost cool to have that power?' The vice president is reported to have said, 'no, look, I've read this and I don't see a way to do it. We've exhausted every option. I've done everything I could and then some to find a way around this. It's simply not possible. My interpretation is no.'

Trump's response, according to Peril, was classic Trump.

" No no no, you don't understand Mike, you can do this," he reportedly insisted, adding, "I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this."

Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol shortly thereafter while Pence was performing his duty to certify Biden's 306-232 win.

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