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Sunday, July 03, 2022

Carol D. Leonig: Agents who had sworn to protect the president's and vice president's lives with their own made choices on the fly [January 6th] refusing a direct order from Trump and acceding to the vice president's wishes. Together, the agents' game-day decisions helped keep democracy on the rails, several former agents said.



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On Jan. 6, Trump's ability to make Secret Service leadership bend to his will had created significant doubt for several Trump administration officials about the motives of senior Secret Service agents, according to committee testimony and Washington Post interviews with officials.

Pence and his team worried his own Secret Service agents might block him from his goals. Keith Kellogg, a Trump aide who then was working as Pence's national security adviser, had stressed to Ornato that the vice president intended on staying inside the Capitol to finish the job ... He told Ornato the Secret Service detail had better not try to forcibly remove Pence from the building.

"I know you guys too well," Kellogg said. "You'll fly him to Alaska if you have a chance. Don't do it."

Ornato, through a Secret Service spokesperson, has previously denied that this conversation took place.

Two former Trump White House aides took to Twitter Wednesday to say Ornato has a pattern of denying conversations that they know took place.

"Those of us who worked w/ Tony know where his loyalties lie," Olivia Troye, a former senior national security aide to Pence, wrote. "He should testify under oath."

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-07-02 09:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There are always yes-men, legions of them, desperately searching for someone to say yes to.

We know who the Nazis are, and where they are coming from.

Stay classy, Republicans.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2022-07-03 08:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

90 percent of Trump's own lawyers wouldn't go along with the Big Lie; wouldn't sign the letter to States declaring the Election corrupt.

The other 10 percent would, and plotted with Trump to overthrow the Election.

Which sounds much like the division in the Secret Service; mostly not big fans, but always a Trump Firster in the bunch.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2022-07-03 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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