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'It was a terrible violation': Pelosi chokes up on 60 Minutes retelling how her staff hid in the dark for two hours as MAGA mob rampaged through the Capitol - while she was whisked to a secure location

Nancy Pelosi fought to contain her emotions as she told 60 Minutes how her staff cowered under desks in the dark for two hours, as a frenzied mob of Trump supporters smashed through her office.

'I think there was, universally accepted, that what happened...' she said, pausing to compose herself.

'Was a terrible, terrible violation of what - of the Capitol, of the first branch of government, the legislative branch, by the president of the United States.'


Pelosi's door was smashed down, and rioters stormed her private office.

Nancy Pelosi closed her eyes and took a minute to compose herself, speaking about the riot

Nancy Pelosi closed her eyes and took a minute to compose herself, speaking about the riot

Nancy Pelosi, in a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, showed Stahl the destruction in her office

Nancy Pelosi, in a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, showed Stahl the destruction in her office

Pelosi's employees cowered under this table in the dark for two hours as the mob roamed

Pelosi's employees cowered under this table in the dark for two hours as the mob roamed

Rioters draped in Trump flags are pictured rampaging through Pelosi's office

Rioters draped in Trump flags are pictured rampaging through Pelosi's office

One man is seen photographing a picture from Pelosi's office, having broken into the room

One man is seen photographing a picture from Pelosi's office, having broken into the room

Trump supporters in their MAGA caps played with Pelosi's office furniture

Trump supporters in their MAGA caps played with Pelosi's office furniture

The mob of Trump supporters chanted Pelosi's name as they rampaged through the building

The mob of Trump supporters chanted Pelosi's name as they rampaged through the building

'The staff went under the table, barricaded the door, turned out the lights, and were silent in the dark,' Pelosi said, showing 60 Minutes interviewer Lesley Stahl the damage. 

'Under the table for two and a half hours.'


During this time in hiding, they listened to the invaders banging on that door. 

Pelosi's team cowered, praying the mob did not find them. 

'You see what they did to the mirror there? The glass was all over the place,' said Pelosi. 

'They took a computer and all that stuff. 

'And then the desk that they actually were at was right there that they defamed in that way, feet on the desk and all that.'

One of the rioters, Richard Barnett, 60, was pictured putting his feet up on her desk.   

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi 's desk was arrested at home in Arkansas

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi 's desk was arrested at home in Arkansas

Richard Barnett, 60, shows off a letter from Nancy Pelosi's desk which he stole

Richard Barnett, 60, shows off a letter from Nancy Pelosi's desk which he stole

Barnett is pictured inside Pelosi's office on Wednesday, having stormed into the Capitol

Barnett is pictured inside Pelosi's office on Wednesday, having stormed into the Capitol

Authorities said Barnett was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records

Authorities said Barnett was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records

Barnett, who proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was federally charged with unlawful entry. He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Another, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr, allegedly wrote in a text to a friend that he was thinking of 'putting a bullet in [Pelosi's] noggin on Live TV'.

Another text allegedly reads: 'I'm gonna run that c**t Pelosi over while she chews on her gums.' 

According to officials, a third text from Meredith, who is a married, father-of-two, says he has 'a sh*t ton of … armor piercing ammo'.

Meredith is one of 13 people who have been charged with federal crimes. 

Pelosi told Stahl: 'The evidence is now that it was a well-planned, organized group with leadership and guidance and direction. And the direction was to go get people.

'They were vocally saying, 'Where's the speaker? We know she has staff. They're here someplace. We're going to find them.''  

Prosecutors say these charges are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that additional cases remained under seal and dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents

Prosecutors say these charges are just the beginning. Authorities said Friday that additional cases remained under seal and dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents

Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr (pictured) allegedly texted friends that he wanted to shoot or run over Nancy Pelosi

Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr (pictured) allegedly texted friends that he wanted to shoot or run over Nancy Pelosi

While the mayhem was unfurling, Pelosi and other Congressmen had been taken to a safe location.

She was unaware until later what had happened in her office. 

'When the protesters were making the assault on the Capitol, before they even got to these doors, the Capitol Police pulled me from the podium,' she said. 

'And I was concerned because I said: 'No, I want to be here.' 

'And they said: 'Well, no, you have to leave.' 

'I said: 'No, I'm not leaving.' 

'They said: 'No, you must leave.''

Pelosi said that she was disgusted that some Congressmen still voted to overthrow the election results, when the session resumed.  

'After the violence. Shame on them,' she said. 

'And shame on two-thirds of the Republican caucus in the House supporting... so these people are enablers of the president's behavior.'

In one text, Meredith allegedly wrote that he was thinking of 'putting a bullet in [Pelosi's] noggin on Live TV'. Another allegedly reads: 'I'm gonna run that c**t Pelosi over while she chews on her gums'

In one text, Meredith allegedly wrote that he was thinking of 'putting a bullet in [Pelosi's] noggin on Live TV'. Another allegedly reads: 'I'm gonna run that c**t Pelosi over while she chews on her gums'

Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues on Sunday night to explain the next steps

Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues on Sunday night to explain the next steps

On Sunday night Pelosi wrote to her Democrat colleagues to say that, unless Mike Pence invokes the powers of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, they will proceed with impeachment.  

Trump could become the only president to be impeached twice.

'In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,' she said, and added: 'The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.'

She, and other Democrats, further fear the president could pardon those involved in the storming of the Capitol in his final days. 

Pelosi's plan seeks a vote on Monday on a resolution calling on Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment. Under rules when the full House is not convened, any objection would reject the resolution. 

Pelosi would then put the resolution before the full House on Tuesday. 

If it were to pass, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment.

Pelosi showed Stahl where the rioters had smashed through her office door to enter

Pelosi showed Stahl where the rioters had smashed through her office door to enter

Pelosi told 60 Minutes on Sunday that she wants impeachment for Donald Trump so he can't run for office in the future

Pelosi told 60 Minutes on Sunday that she wants impeachment for Donald Trump so he can't run for office in the future 

Pelosi said she would prefer if Vice President Mike Pence invoked the 25th Amendment 'because it gets rid of him – he's out of office' now as concerns mount that Trump could pardon the mob in his last 10 days in office

Pelosi said she would prefer if Vice President Mike Pence invoked the 25th Amendment 'because it gets rid of him – he's out of office' now as concerns mount that Trump could pardon the mob in his last 10 days in office

With impeachment planning intensifying, two Republican senators said they want Trump to resign immediately as efforts mounted to prevent Trump from ever again holding elective office in the wake of deadly riots at the Capitol.

House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. The strategy would be to condemn the president's actions swiftly but delay an impeachment trial in the Senate for 100 days. That would allow President-elect Joe Biden to focus on other priorities as soon as he is inaugurated on January 20. 

Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and a top Biden ally, laid out the ideas on Sunday as the country came to grips with the siege at the Capitol by Trump loyalists trying to overturn the election results.

'Let's give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,' Clyburn said.

Pressure was mounting for Trump to leave office even before his term ended amid alarming concerns of more unrest ahead of the inauguration. 

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to 'fight' on his behalf

The mob overran the Capitol Police shortly after Trump urged them to 'fight' on his behalf

Police try to hold back protesters pushing into a doorway at the Capitol on Wednesday

Police try to hold back protesters pushing into a doorway at the Capitol on Wednesday

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from Capitol Police

The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from Capitol Police

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Capitol police officers point their guns at a door that was vandalized in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress

Trump addressed his thousands of his supporters near the White House Wednesday at his 'Save America' rally and declared war on his own party, calling Republicans who opposed him 'weak'

A man in a QAnon hoodie is seen inside the Capitol on Wednesday

A man in a QAnon hoodie is seen inside the Capitol on Wednesday

A protester, who has since been identified, is pictured carrying Pelosi's lectern through the Capitol
Another protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate chamber on Wednesday

Lawmakers and law enforcement are pursuing all available avenues to find and prosecute those involved in the Capitol riot – using picture and video evidence to do so

A protester struggles with a riot police officer outside the Capitol building after the 6pm curfew went into effect

A protester struggles with a riot police officer outside the Capitol building after the 6pm curfew went into effect

Pelosi calls for Trump's removal by 25th Amendment or impeachment
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The president is accused of whipping up the mob that stormed the Capitol, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five dead.

Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Sunday joined his fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to 'resign and go away as soon as possible.'

'I think the president has disqualified himself from ever, certainly, serving in office again,' Toomey said. 'I don't think he is electable in any way.'

Murkowski, who has long voiced her exasperation with Trump's conduct in office, told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that Trump simply 'needs to get out.' 

A third Republican, Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, did not go that far, but on Sunday he warned Trump to be 'very careful' in his final days in office.

Corporate America began to tie its reaction to the Capitol riots by tying them to campaign contributions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's CEO and President Kim Keck said it will not contribute to those lawmakers — all Republicans — who supported challenges to Biden's Electoral College win. 

The group 'will suspend contributions to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy,' Kim said.

Citigroup did not single out lawmakers aligned with Trump's effort to overturn the election, but said it would be pausing all federal political donations for the first three months of the year. Citi's head of global government affairs, Candi Wolff, said in a Friday memo to employees, 'We want you to be assured that we will not support candidates who do not respect the rule of law.'

Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said she is considering quitting the Republicans

Lisa Murkowski, senator for Alaska, has said she is considering quitting the Republicans

Murkowski said that Trump should resign, saying he had done enough damage

Murkowski said that Trump should resign, saying he had done enough damage

Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

Trump supporters, egged on by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday

House leaders, furious after the insurrection, appear determined to act against Trump despite the short timeline. 


Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has said an impeachment trial could not begin under the current calendar before Inauguration Day.

While many have criticized Trump, Republicans have said that impeachment would be divisive in a time of unity.

Senator Marco Rubio said that instead of coming together, Democrats want to 'talk about ridiculous things like 'Let's impeach a president' with just days left in office.

Still, some Republicans might be supportive.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he would take a look at any articles that the House sent over. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a frequent Trump critic, said he would 'vote the right way' if the matter were put in front of him.

The Democratic effort to stamp Trump's presidential record — for the second time — with the indelible mark of impeachment had advanced rapidly since the riot.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, a leader of the House effort to draft impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had 200-plus co-sponsors.

The articles, if passed by the House, could then be transmitted to the Senate for a trial, with senators acting as jurors to acquit or convict Trump. 

If convicted, Trump would be removed from office and succeeded by the vice president. 

It would be the first time a U.S. president had been impeached twice.

Potentially complicating Pelosi's decision about impeachment was what it meant for Biden and the beginning of his presidency. While reiterating that he had long viewed Trump as unfit for office, Biden on Friday sidestepped a question about impeachment, saying what Congress did 'is for them to decide.'  

While some Democrats are pushing for the impeachment route, the House Speaker told 60 Minutes that she prefers invoking the 25th Amendment because it gets Trump out of office immediately.

'There is a possibility that after all of this, there's no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for president,' Stahl said to Pelosi in a clip released ahead of airing the full interview.

'And that's one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment,' Pelosi explained.

She is, however, concerned that if Trump is not booted from the White House right now, he will use his last 10 days in office to pardon those part of the mob who descended on the Capitol Wednesday – or even himself and other allies. 

'I like the 25th Amendment because it gets rid of him – he's out of office,' Pelosi said. 'But there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time.'

'What if he pardons himself?' Stahl asked.

'What if pardons these people who are terrorists on the Capitol?' Pelosi shot back.

Congress is moving to prosecute or punish any and all they can find who were involved in the riots at the Capitol – and have already found some who were pictured prominently.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday in an interview with ABC's 'This Week' that half of the members of the House were at risk of dying during the riots.

'Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday of the pro-Trump mob descending on the Capitol

'Perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday,' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday of the pro-Trump mob descending on the Capitol

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Sunday that Democrats will vote on impeachment this week, but said the party might wait until after Joe Biden's first 100 days in office to move the articles to the Senate

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Sunday that Democrats will vote on impeachment this week, but said the party might wait until after Joe Biden's first 100 days in office to move the articles to the Senate 

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