Prosecutors in the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump showed previously unseen footage from surveillance cameras in the Capitol during the Jan.6 storm in the Senate on Wednesday. These images show how politicians must flee in haste and miss the attackers. You can also hear the chaos among the agents of the Capitol.
Wednesday was the second day of the impeachment trial against Trump. A day earlier, a majority of senators had already said determined that the process was constitutional and could continue.
Prosecutors are trying to show the Senate that Trump is responsible for instigating his supporters to storm the Capitol. They do this by showing footage from the day of the assault, but also by portraying a president who had been planning an uprising for months.
Prosecutors said the attackers actually intended to kill former Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress and were well prepared and organized. Trump gave a speech shortly before the storming of Capitol Hill, calling on his supporters to revolt and march towards Capitol Hill. He was angry with what he saw as “stolen elections” and Vice President Pence, who refused to sabotage the formalization of election results.
Stormers get closer to politicians
Democratic Congressman Stacey Plaskett showed on Wednesday Pictures which shows that the stormers are very close to Pence, who at this time with his family fly away. Other footage shows politicians on the run and an agent warning Republican Senator Mitt Romney to get out as soon as possible.
Plaskett also left audio clips hear Capitol Hill agents panicking asking for backup when approached by Trump supporters. A cop calls that several guards have been injured and metal poles are being thrown at them.
According to Plaskett, the rioters coordinated by the Capitol have dispersed to find Pence and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Stormers miss them within minutes.
Democratic prosecutors hope to convince a two-thirds majority of the Senate to vote for Trump’s conviction. That chance seems slim, despite a number of Republicans saying they were impressed on Wednesday by the speeches and images from prosecutors. Some Republicans are not convinced Trump is also directly responsible for the storm. Some also consider it a waste of time to impeach Trump when he is no longer president.
The 100 senators should in principle be politically neutral in the impeachment case against Trump, but in most cases vote party principles. Prosecutors and Trump’s defense have sixteen hours to make their case. The trial continues Thursday.