Angus King warned Mitt Romney of danger before Jan. 6, new book reveals
Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King warned Utah Sen. Mitt Romney days before the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol that he could be in mortal danger, according to a new book.
An excerpt of the Romney biography was published Wednesday in The Atlantic by author McKay Coppins and it includes previously unreported details of the Utah senator's interactions with colleagues before and after rioters stormed the Capitol in 2021.
Among them is an anecdote in which King urges Romney to call him after he heard from a Pentagon official that right-wing extremists were possibly planning for violence on Jan. 6, the day former President Donald Trump held his rally at the White House Ellipse.
King warned Romney that he could be a target of angry Trump supporters who believed the persistent falsehoods that the 2020 election was stolen.
Romney forwarded King's warning to then Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who never responded.
Romney announced Wednesday that he's not running for reelection.