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Politics Fact check: Social media falsely claims Vice President Mike Pence was arrested

17:50  07 january  2021
17:50  07 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim: Vice President Mike Pence was arrested on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol while members of the House and Senate met inside to certify the results of the presidential contest.

Vice President Mike Pence was also at the Capitol to preside over the proceedings. Shortly after rioters breached the Capitol, Phil Godlewski took to Facebook to claim that Pence had been arrested.

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"Multiple reports of Mike Pence being arrested," he wrote. Godlewski has not responded to a request from USA TODAY for comment.

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Pence was not arrested, never left the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday

In reality, Pence was not arrested amid the chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Around 2 p.m., the first rioters entered the U.S. Capitol. Soon after, Pence and other leaders were moved out of the Senate Chamber and taken to a secure location, per USA TODAY.

At 3:35 p.m., Pence took to Twitter to call on rioters to leave the Capitol.

Around 6 p.m., the Capitol Sergeant at Arms announced that the building was secure.

At 7:12 p.m., Devin O’Malley, a spokesperson for Pence, provided an update on the vice president on Twitter, noting that he had returned to the Senate Chamber and "never left the Capitol."

Around 8 p.m., Pence had resumed his role presiding over the Senate, calling it "a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol."

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"We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls as well as those injured in our Capitol today," he said.

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Our ruling: False

Based on our research, the claim that Vice President Mike Pence was arrested on Wednesday is FALSE. In reality, around 2 p.m., he was moved from the Senate Chamber to a secure location, and returned back to the Senate around 7 p.m. He was on Twitter in the interim.

Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, Jan. 6, DC updates: 4 dead, 52 arrested, 14 police officers injured after pro-Trump rioters breach US Capitol
  • Vice President Mike Pence, Jan. 6, tweet
  • Vice President// Mike Pence, Jan. 6, tweet
  • Devin O'Malley, Jan. 6, tweet

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Social media falsely claims Vice President Mike Pence was arrested

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Angry over his treatment by the president, Pence and his team are moving to get through the next nine days — and beyond.There is also a deepening and widespread anger among Pence’s aides and allies at how Trump seemingly discarded his most devoted soldier over his refusal to circumvent an important constitutional duty, per these people. The president’s decision not to reach out to Pence and his family while they were sheltered inside a Capitol bunker as pro-Trump rioters breached the building has particularly rankled Pence and others in his orbit.

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