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Schumer Recounts Harrowing Escape From Capitol Rioters

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, led a group of lawmakers in recounting last year’s Capitol riot by a mob trying to keep Donald J. Trump in office.

Within 45 minutes of sitting there and watching the beginning of counting the ballots, a police officer in a big flak jacket and a large rifle grabbed me firmly by the collar like this. I’ll never forget that grip. And said to me, “Senator, we got to get out of here. You’re in danger.” I was within 30 feet of these nasty, racist, bigoted insurrectionists. Had someone had a gun, had two of them blocked off the door, who knows what would have happened? I was told later that one of them reportedly said, “There’s the big Jew, let’s get him.” I remember when the leaders, Senator McConnell, myself, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, were sent off to the secret place. We convened after desperately trying to get the president on the phone to ask him to call the rioters off. We spoke to the Secretary of Defense and the acting attorney general, but to no avail. But then the four of us got together and said, “We’re going to come back. We’re going to count those votes. We’re not going to let the violent insurrectionists stop us.” And count the votes, we did.

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Schumer Recounts Harrowing Escape From Capitol Rioters

By The Associated Press January 6, 2022

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, led a group of lawmakers in recounting last year’s Capitol riot by a mob trying to keep Donald J. Trump in office.

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