GOP Senator Forewarns of “Rage-Peddlers” Trying to “Whitewash” Assassination Plot Against Mike Pence

The Washington Post on Friday published a bombshell report that shed new light on how “perilously close” domestic terrorists came to assassinating Vice President Mike Pence and his family during last week’s siege on the United States Capitol.

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In response, Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse issued a statement decrying attempts to “whitewash” the deadly insurgency by “rage-peddlers” like Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson, who on Thursday gaslighted his viewers into not believing the events that they witnessed unfolding in real-time.

Sasse wrote:

Rage-peddlers are going to try to whitewash the attack on the Capitol, saying that a few bad apples got out of control. That’s wrong. Every American needs to understand what the Department of Justice has just made public: Investigators have strong evidence to suggest that some of the rioters who stormed the United States Capitol planned to kidnap and possibly assassinate the Vice President.

These men weren’t drunks who got rowdy — they were terrorists attacking this country’s constitutionally-mandated transfer of power. They failed, but they came dangerously close to starting a bloody constitutional crisis. They must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The FBI is investigating widespread calls for violence across the country and every American has an obligation to lower the temperature.

Read Sasse’s remarks below:

According to the Post’s jarring investigation, the Pences were within striking distance of would-be assassins acting upon what they perceived as orders from President Donald Trump:

About one minute after Pence was hustled out of the chamber, a group charged up the stairs to a second-floor landing in the Senate, chasing a Capitol Police officer who drew them away from the Senate. Pence and his family had just ducked into a hideaway less than 100 feet from that landing, according to three people familiar with his whereabouts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation,” the paper writes. “If the pro-Trump mob had arrived seconds earlier, the attackers would have been in eyesight of the vice president as he was rushed across a reception hall into the office.

This is a developing story.

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