Dramatic Videos Offer New Views of Mob in Trump Impeachment Trial
(Bloomberg) -- House impeachment managers showed previously unreleased videos detailing the extent of the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 -- and just how close the rioters got to Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers after they disrupted the counting of the Electoral College votes.
The video came from security cameras, police body cameras and videos taken from within the crowd, showing rioters still fighting with police hours after the Capitol was breached -- and before then-President Donald Trump finally called on the mob to leave the building.
Pence evacuated as mob nears Senate chamber
Security footage captured Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman luring rioters away from a side room where Pence was and away from the Senate chamber. The rioters got as close as 100 feet to the vice president as many chanted, “We want Pence! We want Pence!”
The House managers also showed video of a gallows that was erected on the Capitol lawn as rioters shouted, “Hang Pence.”
Schumer had close call with rioters
Another video showed Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer nearly crossing paths with rioters before turning around and running away.
The senator was being escorted by his security detail up a ramp in the U.S. Capitol, when they turned around and went back the way they had come, within feet of the rioters. Schumer’s guards blocked him with their bodies.
Trump’s Pence tweet read aloud by rioter
While the Capitol was under siege, Trump tweeted out an attack on Pence, further inciting the rioters, one of whom is on video loudly reading the tweet.
Trump had questioned Pence’s courage at the rally and Pence had announced that he would “do my duty” and ratify the Electoral College votes.
Officers pummeled hours after the riot started
Several visceral clips including body camera footage showed officers being beaten, pushed and crushed long after the riot began.
Rioters ripped off the gas mask of one law enforcement officer and he was being crushed in a doorway between the mob shouting “Heave, Ho!” as they pushed against a phalanx of police pushing back.
Rioters roam hallways searching for Pelosi
Video footage showed rioters wandering around Capitol hallways, mockingly calling out, “Where are you, Nancy?” as they sought to seize Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
House impeachment managers showed new evidence that the rioter in a widely-seen photograph with his feet on Pelosi’s desk also had a more than 900-volt stun gun tucked into his waistband.
Videos show how close rioters were to senators
Alongside the security footage of the mob itself, the House managers offered a model on the screen of the Capitol, showing in a chilling fashion just how close the armed mob got to the Senate chamber.
They also showed Goodman in new footage, drawing rioters away from the chamber as they shouted epithets at him.
Police officer directed Romney to safety
One clip showed Goodman running past Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, telling him to seek safety as he unwittingly walked in the direction of the mob.
Romney, who was watching as a juror in the former president’s trial, told reporters he was surprised to learn how close he had come to the rioters and didn’t realize the officer was Goodman, who has been lauded for his heroism that day.
“I look forward to thanking him when I next see him,” Romney said.
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