On Wednesday, which was day two of the impeachment trial proceedings against ex-President Donald Trump in the Senate on a charge from the House of incitement of insurrection, House impeachment case manager Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) presented a selection of clips captured amidst rioting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 that show a new look at the chaos that unfolded. Plaskett’s presentation included footage showing staffers for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) running into a conference room, where they barricaded themselves just minutes before rioters arrived in the outside hallway. What would have happened if the rioters got their hands on the staffers?
House impeachment managers play audio of Pelosi staff whispering into a phone while hiding from Capitol rioters "that are outside their door."
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Plaskett also showed footage of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman passing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in a hallway and directing the prominent Republican to run to safety. Check out that footage below:
WATCH: Officer Eugene Goodman directs Senator Romney away from the mob. pic.twitter.com/lStqrAxUru
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Goodman already attracted attention — and appreciation — for his efforts to divert a group of the rioters away from the Senate chamber. At the time of that particular encounter between Goodman and the mob, then-Vice President Mike Pence was nearby, and elsewhere on the premises, rioters made their intentions to inflict violence against Pence abundantly clear. At the time, then-President Trump stirred up hatred against Pence among his supporters via characterizing the then-VP as cowardly for refusing to go along with his hope to overturn Biden’s victory. Pence refused to disrupt the formal certification of the electoral votes — and in footage that Plaskett showed, the mob facing off against Goodman shouts demands to be shown the way to the location of the electoral vote counting process.
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During the impeachment trial proceedings on Wednesday, Plaskett also showed footage of Pence’s own evacuation from the Senate chamber as rioters swarmed nearby. As has been well-documented, the legislative proceedings to certify the electoral college outcome abruptly halted after rioters breached the Capitol, and members of both chambers of Congress fled for their safety and possibly lives. Others who were present, like the legislative staffers and many Capitol Police officers and other law enforcement personnel, were also in serious danger. Throughout the riot, the Trump supporters who were present violently attacked law enforcement personnel, killing one police officer and inflicting serious injuries on many more.
Truly remarkable footage of Vice President Pence and his family being escorted out of the Senate chamber. President Trump was back at the White House, continuing to trash Pence, according to multiple people. pic.twitter.com/Vr3c5EBwTR
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 10, 2021