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World Impeachment Managers Remind Senate of Close Calls for Pence, Romney, Trauma of Riot

01:57  11 february  2021
01:57  11 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Stacey Plackett, the Democratic impeachment manager who presented the new material, said Pence and Pelosi "were put in danger because President Trump put his own desires, his own need for power, over his duty to the Constitution and our democratic process. President Trump put a target on their But most of the public does not understand how close they came to you." Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The Senate is currently conducing an impeachment trial against Donald Trump, who was

House impeachment managers have revealed stunning new footage of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and former Vice President Mike Pence being rushed to safety during January's deadly attack on the Capitol building. "In this security footage, you can see Officer Goodman running to respond to the initial breach," Plaskett explained. "Officer Goodman passes Senator Mitt Romney and directs him to turn around in order to get to safety. On the first floor, just beneath them, the mob had already started to search for the Senate chamber."

Never-before-seen footage from the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was introduced by the House impeachment managers on day two of Donald Trump's trial.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The Senate is currently conducing an impeachment trial against Donald Trump, who was charged in the final days of his presidency with © Brent Stirton/Getty Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The Senate is currently conducing an impeachment trial against Donald Trump, who was charged in the final days of his presidency with "incitement of insurrection" following the Capitol riot on January 6.

The newly released security footage and audio communications tracked Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and staffers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as rioters swarmed the building.

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The first video showed the inside view as rioters breached the building for the first time, breaking windows to climb inside. The first wave of trespassers included some armed people, including one person in tactical gear carrying a baseball bat.

Other newly released clips showed Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman — who famously confronted the mob and used himself as bait to lure them away from the entrance to the Senate chamber where several lawmakers were still awaiting evacuation — redirecting Romney away from oncoming rioters. Goodman was also shown leading rioters away from the chambers where Pence and his family were being ushered out.

Security footage also showed rioters attempting to break down doors where Pelosi's staff members were hiding. In one audio clip, a Pelosi staffer whispered during a call requesting Capitol police to come as the House Speaker's offices were ransacked.

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House impeachment managers released a memo on Monday rebutting the Trump legal team’s claim that an impeachment trial would be unconstitutional. The House voted to impeach former President Trump on January 13 for “incitement of insurrection,” accusing the former president of encouraging a mob of his In preparation for the Senate impeachment trial, set to begin this week, Trump’s legal team submitted a 78-page brief outlining their defense. Trump’s speech to supporters before the riot “did not direct anyone to commit unlawful actions,” lawyers Bruce Castor and David Schoen asserted.

The House impeachment managers leaned on legal rulings, images and emotion, particularly Raskin’s recounting of his return to the chamber on Jan. 6 for the first time after burying his son. In arguments that even some Republicans called incoherent, the former president’s defense lawyers addressed the The impeachment trial could continue every day through the Presidents’ Day weekend under the terms of a resolution adopted shortly after the Senate convened Tuesday afternoon. How long the trial runs will depend on several factors, including whether House impeachment managers decide to call

Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic impeachment manager who presented some of the new material, said Pence and Pelosi "were put in danger because President Trump put his own desires, his own need for power, over his duty to the Constitution and our democratic process. President Trump put a target on their backs, and his mob broke into the Capitol to hunt them down."

While the new information was played, senators on both sides were spotted listening and watching the videos intently and many only turned away from the screen to take notes. Some Republican members were not in the chamber as the presentation was shown, as they chose to watch the proceedings from their cloak room.

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) then continued to show more never-before-seen video and audio clips of the Capitol breach. At one point, he appealed directly to the senators: "You know how close you came to the mob, some of you, I understand, could hear them. But most of the public does not understand how close they came to you."

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Democratic impeachment managers are set to argue that a president isn’t exempt from a trial just because impeachable actions occurred in the final weeks of the administration. The House voted to impeach Mr. Trump last month, alleging he encouraged the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as part of a last-gasp effort to overturn President Biden’s election victory. The article of impeachment points to a speech Mr. Trump gave at a rally preceding the riot where he urged supporters to “fight” and march to the Capitol.

The House managers hammered on Trump’s conduct during and after the Capitol attack, while most Republicans accepted his argument that the proceeding was unconstitutional. But 50 Democrats and six Republicans voted to proceed, with each side now having 16 hours to make their arguments about the substance of the impeachment article declaring that Trump incited an insurrection. In the first trial a year ago, just one Republican senator , Mitt Romney of Utah, voted to convict Trump on one of two counts.

The managers also made public for the first time radio communications from Capitol police, in which officers could be heard calling for backup and stating there were multiple injuries as rioters were "throwing metal poles at us."

The rioters were attempting to disrupt the congressional certification of President Joe Biden's election, after Trump baselessly accused the election of being stolen from him. One week after the Capitol attack, the House of Representatives voted 232 to 197 to charge him with "incitement of insurrection."

The impeachment trial kicked off Tuesday with a four-hour debate over whether the proceeding is constitutional since Trump is no longer in office. The issue was resolved in a 56 to 44 vote, with six Republican senators crossing party lines to join Democrats in affirming the trial's constitutionality.

The ten Democrats also effectively used video footage in their opening argument on Tuesday. The 13-minute montage recapped the events that took place on January 6, including snippets of Trump's speech at a "Save America" rally and the violence from rioters as they breached the Capitol.

The first day marked a rocky start for Trump's attorneys, Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen. Both were criticized by Republican lawmakers and political analysts over their opening arguments. Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, who voted "yes" on constitutionality, described the duo as "disorganized." Trump ally Lindsey Graham said he "really didn't know where it was going."

The Democratic impeachment managers and Trump's team will have 16 hours each to present their case to the Senate. Trump's team will begin their presentation on Friday.

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Tim Kaine Says 'Most Shocking Revelation' of Trial Involves Trump Tweet Attacking Pence .
The senator's statement refers to new questions that have emerged surrounding Pence's safety on the day of the violent insurrection, and how much Trump knew about the attack. During a lengthy question-and-answer session on Friday, senators questioned whether or not Trump's actions on January 6 directly put Pence's life in danger.As the violence unfolded, Pence was ushered to safety away from the Senate chamber at 2:14 p.m. Roughly 10 minutes later, Trump tweeted an attack on the former Vice President, pressing him to find the "courage" to reject the election outcome for Joe Biden.

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