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Members of Mike Pence’s Secret Service called loved ones to say their final goodbyes on Jan. 6, 2021, when rioters shouted that Pence’s head came within the feet of the former vice president, it was revealed Thursday.

The officers feared for their lives as they made a frantic attempt to evacuate Pence from the Senate Chamber as angry rioters demanded that the vice president be hanged.

“The members of the VP detail began to fear for their own lives at that point,” an unidentified security official told the select panel investigating the riots at the Capitol.

“There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal phone calls over the radio, so it was disturbing. I don’t like to talk about it,” he testified.

The officers protecting Pence were preparing for a possible clash with the rioters as they made the desperate calls.

“There were phone calls to say goodbye to relatives,” he continued. “For whatever the reason, the VP detail thought this was about to get really ugly.”

He added, “We came very close to using lethal options or worse.”

Mike Pence’s agents were prepared for the riot after desperate calls were made on their behalf regarding the collision.
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When Pence was held in an office outside the Senate floor at 2:13 p.m., a female officer was heard on the radio saying, “They’ve been granted access to the second floor and they’re about five feet from me downstairs.”

“If we lose any more time, we may lose the opportunity to leave, so if we go, we have to go now,” another agent recalled.

Security footage showed the building’s hallways filling with smoke as tensions mounted.

The panel’s eighth hearing on Thursday focused on former President Donald Trump’s failure to call on rioters to leave the Capitol more than three hours after the building was breached.

Matthew Pottinger, Trump’s former national security adviser and former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews, told lawmakers his inaction led them to tender their resignation that same day.

The select panel said hearings will be scheduled for September after lawmakers spend next month organizing a plethora of new evidence about the former president’s role in the riots.

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