Video Shows Pelosi Threatening to 'Punch Out' Trump on Jan. 6 (Newsmax)
By Charlie McCarthy | Friday, 14 October 2022 10:39 AM EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., threatened to punch then-President Donald Trump if he appeared at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and added she'd happily "go to jail" for it.
Never-before-seen video, obtained exclusively by CNN from Pelosi's daughter, aired Thursday following what was expected to be the House Jan. 6 select committee's final hearing.
The partisan panel, comprised of Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, voted unanimously to subpoena Trump to appear for a formal deposition.
The video clip from Jan. 6 opens with Pelosi, in her office, watching Trump deliver a speech during his "Save America" rally.
Pelosi, knowing that Trump and his supporters blamed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on alleged voter fraud in several key swing states remarked, "it's very dangerous what he's doing."
She then kiddingly tells aides to relay to Trump "if he comes here, we're going to the White House" – a comment that drew laughter.
After Pelosi looked out the window and saw a large crowd marching toward the Capitol, her chief of staff, Terry McCullough, informed her that the Secret Service had discouraged Trump from joining demonstrators because they did not have the resources to protect him there.
"That could change," says Pelosi, who then adds: "If he comes, I'm gonna punch him out. 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."
During Thursday’s hearing, the select committee aired footage of Pelosi and other congressional leaders pleading for help during the Capitol attack.
Pelosi can be seen on a call with then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. She's speaking as she shelters with Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others.
"They're breaking the law in many different ways," Pelosi says. "And quite frankly, much of it at the instigation of the president of the United States."
In another clip, Pelosi talks about the urgent need to continue the Electoral College certification process.
"We have got to finish the proceedings, or else they will have a complete victory," says Pelosi, who with Schumer and others was evacuated that day to Fort McNair.