Capitol Rioters Were Yards From Mike Pence’s Nuclear Football With Launch Codes | HuffPost

Rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last month were perilously close to the nuclear “football” with launch codes that accompanied then-Vice President Mike Pence, revealed a chilling video presented at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Capitol surveillance footage presented Wednesday at the Senate trial shows Pence followed by the Air Force officer carrying the large black briefcase holding the tech equipment and classified nuclear codes to launch a strike. At that moment, Secret Service agents can be seen hustling Pence — along with his wife, daughter and brother — away from rioters who had breached the Capitol about 35 minutes earlier and had been shouting, “Hang Mike Pence!” 

Pence’s backup nuclear football is a clone of the one carried by officials near the president and can be used if the president becomes incapacitated.

Capitol Rioters Were Yards From Mike Pence’s Nuclear Football With Launch Codes | HuffPost