EXCLUSIVE: Congressman Tom Rice on why he voted to impeach former President Trump

Published January 27, 2021

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — Since the attack on the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina said he's received backlash, oftentimes from people he said he doesn't even represent, about his decision to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

“We came very close to losing our country that day,” said Congressman Rice.

Jan. 6 was the day the 2020 Presidential Election results were being certified. It was also the day then-Vice President Mike Pence said he did not have the authority to throw out the electoral votes and declare President Trump the winner.

Outside the U.S. Capitol, those were words some didn't want to hear.

“I’m convinced these people outside, tens of thousands shouting 'hang Mike Pence', if they had gotten their hands on Mike Pence they would have killed him. I’m convinced of that," said Congressman Rice.

Back inside the U.S. Capitol, Congressman Rice said he was led through an underground tunnel by Capitol police and passed other police officers with machine guns who were there to keep the rioters off him.

“I was confident that if any of them got their hands on us we would be in dire straits,” he said.

Watch the full interview here.