I worked in the Senate, and there is no way Pence’s “hideaway” could have held enough Secret Service agents to protect him from the terrorist mob

During the attack on the Capitol, the Secret Service had spirited Mike Pence away to a Senator’s “hideaway” office just off the US Senate floor. (More on “hideaways” in a moment.)

Pence was moved literally one minute before the terrorist mob was in the same hallway he used to get to the hideaway — sixty seconds earlier, and the mob would have seen Pence and rushed him.

Pence’s secret location was incredibly close to the terrorist mob (only 100 feet away).

As a former Senate staffer, I’ve spent lots of time in US Capitol hideaways, and they’re not very big. It’s hard to image that Pence had enough Secret Service agents to save his life had the mob discovered him.

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I worked for a US Senator back in the late 80s, early 90s. The most senior Senators are given “hideaway” offices off of the Senate floor, where they can go rest, or take meetings, during periods of especially busy legislating when they don’t have time to head back to their normal offices (a good block or two away) between votes.

My boss was pretty senior, and had a gorgeous hideaway with a view of the national mall, but it was only, maybe, 30 feet long by 15 feet wide, if that. It wasn’t that big.

Here’s a picture of then-Senator Barbara Mikulski’s hideaway. It might have been slightly bigger than my boss’, but I suspect the wide angle lens is making it look larger than it is.

And here’s a picture of then-Senator Ted Kennedy’s hideaway — Kennedy was a very senior member, and thus would have had a very nice hideaway. It’s just not that big.

How many Secret Service agents can you fit in such a small space, and how many of them can safely have line-of-sight to the door, in order to open fire if necessary, while not at the same time hitting the other agents? I’d be very surprised if Pence had more, could fit more, than a dozen agents in there. And how could a dozen agents stop an immediate mob of several dozen, backed up by several thousand? READ MORE…

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CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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