Former President Trump's lawyer Michael van der Veen said during the Q&A period that "at no point" was Trump aware that Vice President Mike Pence was in danger.
But Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama, told reporters this week that he spoke to Trump on Jan. 6 and told him that Pence had just been rushed away from the rioters by US Secret Service.
Tuberville told reporters:
"I said 'Mr. President, hey, they just took the Vice President out, I’ve got to go.'"
CNN has previously reported that Trump called the personal cell phone of Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, shortly after 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 6. At that time the senators had been evacuated from the Senate floor and were in a temporary holding room, as a pro-Trump mob began breaching the Capitol.
Lee picked up the phone and Trump identified himself, and it became clear he was looking for Tuberville and had been given the wrong number. Lee, keeping the President on hold, went to find his colleague and handed Tuberville his phone, telling him the President was on the line and had been trying to reach him.
Tuberville spoke with Trump for less than 10 minutes, with the President trying to convince him to make additional objections to the Electoral College vote in a futile effort to block Congress' certification of then President-elect Joe Biden's win, according to a source familiar with the call. The call was cut off because senators were asked to move to a secure location. In that call, Sen. Tuberville said he told Trump that Pence had been evacuated.
The timeline of that call puts it before Trump tweeted about Pence.
Trump's tweet at 2:24 p.m. ET said: "Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!"
On Tuesday – the first day of Trump's second impeachment trial – both Sens. Tuberville and Lee briefly addressed a last minute objection that was made by Lee on the Senate floor regarding the phone call.
Lee said that the House managers “made statements attributed to me, which they repeatedly characterized – consisted of statements that I did not make.”
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin withdrew the remarks, and Lee withdrew his objection.
Tuberville, calling the moment “unusual” said that he “wishes that it had been correct.” But when asked what was incorrect about House impeachment manager Rep. David Cicilline’s remarks about the call, Tuberville said “I don’t know, you know President Trump, you don’t get many words in, but he didn’t get a chance to say a whole lot because, I said, ‘Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go.’ That’s what it was.”