Previously unpublished images of the Capitol storm were shown during the impeachment trial against former President Trump. Security camera footage shows several senators and Vice President Pence fleeing the mob that invaded the Capitol.
Image from protesters of the Capitol storm was already widespread, but how politicians fled from them was hardly visible. On the second day of the impeachment process in the Senate, Democratic prosecutors spoke. They made the images from security cameras in the Capitol public.
Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin took the lead, accusing Trump of renouncing his presidential duties. The former president was frequently accused of not initially calling his supporters in the Capitol and later half-heartedly to order, resulting in deaths and injuries.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski believes that the evidence presented so far in the impeachment case against her fellow party “is causing him considerable damage.” Trump is being charged with instigating the uprising. The president had called in a speech for an uprising against the “stolen elections”.
Murkowski’s party member Mitt Romney was also impressed by the presentation of the Democratic prosecutors on the second day of the impeachment process. “Emotional and very disturbing,” he said after seeing the footage showing himself being led away from the Capitol by a security guard just before the crowd bursts in. Romney said he had no idea the crowd was on his heels.
Romney was led away by security guard Eugene Goodman, who previously received high praise for his performance at the Capitol:
The leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, also walked in the direction of the mob. He also managed to escape in the nick of time. The released video shows him walking down a hallway and disappearing from view of the camera. Then he comes running back and two security guards close the door behind him. According to the Democrats, the invaders had come within “a few meters” of Schumer.
Vice President Pence, along with his family, narrowly escaped the group’s slogans like “Hang Mike Pence!” chanted.
Murkowski and Romney’s comments on the impeachment process are exceptions to the rule. The vast majority of Republicans remain unaffected by Trump. Among other things, they called the impeachment case “a complete waste of time”. The prosecutors and the defense are each given sixteen hours to plead their case.