Witnesses: Trump pressured Pence over 2020 election result

Aides to former US Vice President Mike Pence have testified how former President Donald Trump pressed him to overturn the presidential election result.

The testimonies were heard on Thursday at a public hearing of a US Congressional committee investigating the deadly attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, 2021.

Witnesses close to Pence said that on the day of the attack, Pence was preparing to announce Joe Biden's victory in the November 2020 election.

They said the then-president kept telling Pence over the phone to declare that he was the winner, even though Trump's legal advisers had told him it was illegal to do.

After Pence rejected the demand, Trump accused him of lacking courage. Trump supporters then rushed into the Capitol building.

The committee said the mob briefly came within 12 meters of the place at the Capitol where Pence and others had been evacuated. It also showed photos of Pence and his team sheltering in the basement of the building. They spent four-and-a-half hours there.

Another session is scheduled for next week. Democrats hope the hearings will help them gain the upper hand over Trump ahead of the mid-term elections in November. Trump still has strong influence among Republicans.