Newly released documentary footage shows Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatening to “punch” former President Donald Trump as “Stop the Steal” rally protesters approached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, filmed the documentary in the lead up to and duration of the Capitol riot. CNN obtained exclusive footage showing Pelosi fuming over Trump in her office as the protesters were seen marching toward the Capitol.
“I hope [Trump] comes [to the Capitol], I’m gonna punch him out,” Pelosi told her chief of staff before the riot. “I’ve been waiting for this. For trespassing on the Capitol grounds. I’m gonna punch him out and I’m gonna go to jail and I’m gonna be happy.”
Footage also showed clips played in the Jan. 6 Select Committee hearing Thursday, showing Pelosi as she evacuated the Capitol and moved to an unknown location. Lawmakers had to evacuate the Capitol for their own security following the raiding of the building as they voted to certify the Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential election. (RELATED: Why Nancy Pelosi’s 9/11 Commission For Capitol Riot Is A Terrible Idea)
“We’d rather go to the Capitol and do it there, but it doesn’t seem to be safe,” Pelosi said during a phone call. She was then seen communicating with former Vice President Mike Pence, who had remained in the Capitol building with his security detail.
“I worry about you being in that Capitol. Don’t let anybody know where you are,” she said.
The footage showed then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding answers from then-Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy on rumors Trump was allegedly blocking the National Guard from going to the Capitol.
“We’ve all been evacuated, there’s been shots fired. We need a full National Guard component now,” Schumer said on the phone.
Lawmakers, including Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, called then-Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and urged a response to the riot. Pelosi and Schumer then got into a heated phone call with then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who assured them he was doing everything in his power to get the rioters out of the Capitol.
“No, no, please answer my question,” Schumer demanded of Rosen. “Answer my question!”
“Senator, Senator, I’m going to do everything I can do,” Rosen said on the phone.
“Does that include asking the president to get these people who are followers of him to leave the Capitol?” Schumer responded.
At 5:58 p.m., Pence informed Pelosi and Schumer via phone call the area was clear and they would soon be able to return to the Capitol.