House impeachment managers showed chilling new footage to senators during Day 2 of Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, highlighting just how close the violent mob got to then-Vice President Mike Pence and congressional lawmakers on Jan. 6.
Video from the U.S. Capitol’s security cameras shows members of Congress evacuating their chambers, including one clip in which Sen. Mitt Romney is warned of a nearby mob and darts the other way. In another video, a rioter is heard looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the rioter paces down a hallway.
Also shown was a police officer’s body camera footage, from more than two hours after the Capitol was breached, of officers brutally assaulted by the mob. One officer screams in anguish as he is crushed in a doorway by the rioters.
Two impeachment managers — Del. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands and then California Rep. Eric Swalwell, both Democrats — presented the footage Wednesday, pausing to share context on the timeline of the events as well as a model that tracked the progression of rioters as they entered and moved within the Capitol.
After the presentation, Romney told Capitol Hill reporters that viewing the footage was an emotional experience.
“It tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes,” the Utah Republican said. “That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional.”
He said he’d never seen the video of himself before and had no idea how close he was to the rioters. “I was very fortunate indeed,” he said.
The managers also included never-before-heard audio communication among law enforcement officers pleading for reinforcements and reporting multiple injuries.
“They’re throwing metal poles at us,” one officer can be heard saying.
At one point that afternoon, Plaskett emphasized, the mob got dangerously close to Pence and his family.
“As the rioters reached the top of the stairs, they were within 100 feet of where the vice president was sheltering with his family,” she said. “They were just feet away from one of the doors to this chamber, where many of you remained at that time,” addressing the senators in the room directly.
She pointed to footage of the mob erecting a gallows complete with a noose outside the Capitol, along with continued chants of “Hang Mike Pence.”
“Vice President Pence was threatened with death by the president’s supporters because he rejected President Trump’s demand that he overturn the election,” Plaskett said.
She added that…
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