Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, submitted a question asking just how much former President Trump knew about the safety of then Vice President Pence as rioters stormed the Capitol.
"When President Trump sent the disparaging tweet at 2:24PM regarding Vice President Pence, was he aware that the Vice President had been removed from the Senate by the Secret Service for his safety?" asked Romney, through a question submitted to the counsel for former President Trump.
Trump's tweet at the time disparaged Pence and falsely suggested that he had betrayed the US Constitution. His tweet said:
"Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution," a 2:24 p.m. tweet read.
Impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro was the first to answer the question, arguing in detail that there was no reasonable way Trump could not have been aware of the threat to Pence, given the saturation of news coverage on Jan 6.
"There were hours of chaos and carnage and mayhem, and the Vice President and his family were still in danger at that point," Castro said. "Our commander-in-chief did nothing."
But Trump's defense counsel, Michael van der Veen, demurred saying that Democrats had constructed a flimsy case agains the former President and not included proof that Trump was aware of the threat to Pence.
"The answer is no," he said. "At no point was the President informed that the Vice President was in any danger."
"There is nothing at all in the record on this point because the House failed to do even a minimum amount of due diligence," he added.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama, told reporters this week that he spoke to Trump shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan. 6 and told him that Pence had just been rushed away from the rioters by US Secret Service. That was before Trump tweeted about Pence at 2:24 p.m. ET.