Reporter Says Photos Show Pence Hiding During Capitol Riot

ABC Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl says there are photos of Mike Pence hiding underground during the Capitol riot that the former vice president’s team did not want him to publish.

The journalist, who is previewing a forthcoming book, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, described to late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert how he got in touch with an “official White House photographer” who was with Pence during the several hours “he was hidden away in the bowels of the Capitol in a place no one has ever really known.” Karl said he saw all of the photographs for himself.

“It is wild to see that he was in a loading dock in an underground parking garage beneath the Capitol complex,” Karl said in a CBS clip shared by The Late Show on Monday. “No place to sit. No desk. No chairs. Nothing. He was in this concrete … parking garage with his family.”

“This is the vice president of the United States, and he’s … holed up in a basement,” he added.

In one of the photos, Karl said an aide was showing Pence a tweet from former President Donald Trump slamming his vice president for not having “the courage” to try and overturn the results of the 2020 election while he was presiding in the Senate chamber over lawmakers certifying Joe Biden’s victory on the day of the riot.

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