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here, thinking about violence, that the fbi knew about it, the police departments knew about it, the president should know about it during his normal briefings and these were posted in places where they tend the garden, if you will. >> and ted liu's praise of the vice president was trying to impact republican senators who were watching. jake, back to you. >> wolf, thanks so much. we are -- welcome to the lead. we are in the mifld a break between the sessions that the house impeachment managers are doing in the senate trial. this is the second impeachment of donald trump. and as we take this break, let's check in with our team, jeff zeleny covers the biden administration for us. you're on capitol hill. >> reporter: jake, we. we've been watching these proceedings with pool reporters rotating in there, looking at these senators and very
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interesting body language we see, of course. senator bill cassidy, the republican of louisiana, who, of course, was one of the six republicans last evening who voted that this is, indeed, constitutional. he has been pacing the back of the chamber. certainly a different reaction from other republican senators like josh hawley of missouri who, of course, was one of those republican senators who questioned the electoral college vote. he has been sitting up in the gallery, away from his colleagues, at one point with his feet on the chairs in front of him. rand paul, at one point, was not looking at the video screen when they were playing some of these remarks. republicans, some of them are less engaged. of course, that speaks to what really is a sense here of how many are going to vote. jake, one thing that is dramatically different from the first impeachment trial one year ago, the almost utter silence in terms of defending president trump. one year ago we saw a war room putting out minute-by-minute rapid response. this time there's none of that.
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one top republican tells me there's no appetite or stomach at this point to defend president trump. jake? >> a lot of republicans, as you know, who blame senator josh hawley specifically. >> reporter: indeed. >> for what happened. mitch mcconnell, the majority leader at that point, thought he controlled it so there would be no senators who objected to the counting of the electoral votes. but then hawley said he was going to do it and all hell broke loose. >> reporter: that's exactly what happened. and it is very interesting to see that he is overlooking the senate chamber, jake. as you know well, the senate chamber is laid out where the senators are on the floor and the gallery is where senators so he is looking down on the proceedings. he and ted cruz were the leading republicans in the senate to challenge this electoral college result. many republicans, their fellow senators are mad at them, quite frankly. again this is not likely to
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affect the outcome. jake, it is so durch, the tone here. many republicans are exhausted. republican senators who, you know, voted for president trump and supported him simply want this to be over. of course, the big question, will any of them change their minds and vote to convict? that still remains a very high bar. >> jeff zeleny, thanks so much. let's bring in cnn's pamela brown and jamie gangel, getting reactions from republicans and trump's team. >> what we're seeing here is playing to the jury, as john king said. there were a couple of things that were highlighted. one that the managers chose to show those chants from the crowd of destroy the gop. also they highlighted the relentless attacks on mike pence. they quoted former chief of staff general john kelly.
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one said to me, meaning they didn't think they would hit 17. the other person said i cannot imagine how any senator sits and listens to this and votes against conviction. so, you're seeing the split in the gop. you're also, i think, seeing that they are still scared of donald trump and the fallout of voting to convict. jake? >> when donald trump bragged he could stand on 5th avenue and shoot somebody -- >> correct. >> -- and his base wouldn't turn away from him. that base who is very loyal to him, that's who the senators fear in addition to former president trump himself. pam, you've been hearing from members of former president trump's team.
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>> i have. essentially, they're anxiously awaiting the new security footage we're expecting to see after this break. that is really what they're waiting to see at this point. there is a bit of anxiousness and recognition that what the democrats have done so far has been powerful. the videos they've shown so far has been powerful, adding to a sense of urgency in trump's team to put together their own new videos. as dana reported, what i'm hearing is behind the scenes they're scrambling to find prominent democrats and some of the impeachment managers and what they said about fighting and so forth. that's being worked on behind the scenes. when you talk to people in trump's world about the substance of what we're seeing play out there today, they don't want to talk about it. they want to focus on the constitutionality of it. lead manager raskin said that was yesterday. now it's about trump's behavior and incitement of insurrection.
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that's awhat they're focused on. it was very clear, a pattern of all managers today, they were making it keer that these rioters were not acting on their own accord. as much as trump and his team want to condemn the violence, they made it clear they were act ing on behalf of trump, basically following his marching orders and that trump is the one that should shoulder all the blame for their actions and behavior. jake? >> interesting. pamela brown, thank you so much. you know, it's interesting, as jamie point ed out, abby, tht one of the video clips that they ran was a white supremacist, well-known white sprupremacist, whose name i won't honor by repeating it, leading a chant "end the gop. one of trump's legacy is bringing those people into the republican party or at least the maga tent who are previously
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fringe, at least publicly, white supremacists, racist, conspiracy the theorists and pushing out those like jeff flake, richard haas and others. >> mitt romneys, liz cheneys of the world. >> exactly. there is this battle going on, but it's just astounding to me that more republicans aren't there with liz cheney and adam kinzinger, fighting for their party. >> we've had so many discussions about why is it so hard to say we don't want these people? >> right. >> it should be ease toy wall off the mainstream republican party from the fringe elements but it seems that that is something they're unwilling to do and it's in part because, as the impeachment managers lay out, donald trump cultivated these people for years. not just over the last six months. we could go back to charlottesville, when many of the same individuals were involved in that rally and that riot that happened down there, that left a person dead. so, that's part of the case
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here, which is that -- and you saw them literally, the impeachment managers, showing pictures of individuals who were from the proud boys after the president said "stand back and stand by," showing up in washington, having spent weeks and weeks planning, meticulously planning this and posting all over the internet about it. and they showed up in washington. the case that they make here is that given that the president and his advisers at the time were trolling the internet for all kinds of memes and videos, why would they not have seen the planning for some of the things that unfolded? >> of course they saw it. i want to bring in chief congressional correspondent manu raju. they're starting back on the senate floor. let's listen in. >> the senate will come to order.
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if you're joining us, this is "the lead," i'm jake tapper. right now we are waiting for the house impeachment managers to resume with their trial, with their presentation. dana, one of the things, while we wait for this to commence, there's jamie raskin on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen, about to step up to the microphone. one of the things that's been so powerful here is just using the president's own words and tweets. let's listen in. >> we have order in the senate, please. mr. raskin? >> thank you, mr. president, members of the senate. at this point, representatives plaskett and swalwell will take you through the actual day of the attack.
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they will re-create the attack as it unfolded, focusing on the threats to vice president pelosi -- vice president pence, speaker pelosi, the joint session and law enforcement. i do want to alert everyone that there is some very graphic, violent footage coming, just so people are aware. and i'm going to call again on ms. plaskett who went to work for the department of justice and was the senior counsel for deputy attorney general johnson under attorney general ashcroft. she's a well trained and experienced prosecutor, as you can tell. >> mr. president, senators, almost all of us were here on january 6th. we all have our individual
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experiences, what we felt, what we saw, what we heard. we've seen clips and reports in the media, but i have to tell you, it was not until preparing for this trial that i understood the full scope and learned the information that you're going to see that i understood the effort to attack our seat of government in order to carry out president trump's mission to prevent the certification of a presidential election. it was an attack to our republic, to our democratic process. my colleagues, manager swalwell, and i, will walk you through the attack on the capitol that day
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and the danger that it posed to the vice president, to the speaker of the house, to you all as senators, my colleagues in the house, capitol police, and everyone who works in and around this capitol. as you have heard, president trump had been telling his supporters and his millions of twitter followers that pence had the ability to secure the presidency for trump, that mike pence alone had the power to overturn the election results, if he would just do it. but at 12:55 p.m. on january 6th, vice president pence formally refused the president's demand. he wrote, and i quote, it is my
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considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not. pence ended his letter with a passage, including the words, i will do my duty. even though the count resulted in the defeat of his party and his own candidacy, vice president pence had the courage to stand against the president, tell the american public the truth and uphold our constitution. that is patriotism. that patriotism is also what put vice president in so much danger on january 6th by the mob sent by our president.
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to the president and the mob he incited, that duty to our constitution was an all-out betrayal and the vice president was the direct target of that rage. at 12:53 p.m., senators, members of congress, vice president pence were in their respective chambers. outside, rioters, including some linked to the proud boys, broke through the outer barricade surrounding the lawn of the capitol. [ crowd chants "usa" ] [ indistinct screaming ]
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[ crowd noise ] >> 12 minutes later, vice president pence began presiding over the joint session of congress to certify the results of the presidential election. you can see vice president pence gaveling in the joint session here. >> madam speaker, members of congress, pursuant to the constitution and the laws of the united states, the senate and house of representatives are meeting in joint session to verify the certificates and count the votes of the electors
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of the several states for president and vice president of the united states. >> while vice president pence presided over the joint session, trump supporters began their assault on our capitol. radio communications from the metropolitan police department highlight how during and following trump's speech, trump supporters descended on the capitol and became increasingly violent. what you are about to hear has not been made public before. >> multiple capitol injuries, multiple capitol injuries. >> coming around from the top side. >> be advised. >> intell be advised. you have a group of about 50 charging up the hill on the west front, north of the stairs. they're approaching the wall n now. >> they're throwing metal poles
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at us. >> multiple law enforcement injuries. get up there. >> we're 30 seconds out. >> we need reinforcements now. they're throwing metal poles at us. >> cruiser 50, dso, get up here. >> we're here. we're here. >> explosion went off. i don't know if they're fireworks or what. >> after attempting to dismantle the outer-most perimeter, the rioters did everything in their power to storm past the police and move into the capitol, moving metal barricades the police were using to maintain distance. listen to the yelling of "pull
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them this way" as they grab the barriers and attacked officers trying to hold the line. [ crowd noise ] >> pull, pull them this way. [ crowd noise ] >> no, no, no, no, no, no! no, no, no! [ crowd noise ] >> at about 1:10 and 1:23 p.m. respectively, capitol police sent out the first evacuation alerts of the day, telling people to evacuate the madison building and the canon building respectively. shortly after at 1:45 p.m., trump supporters surge past capitol police, protecting the
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capitol's west steps, the side that is facing the white house. in another radio communication between metropolitan police officers, you can hear an officer declare that there is a riot at the capitol at 1:49 p.m. >> cruiser 50, we're going to give riot warnings. we're going to try to give compliance but this is now effectively a rye rooi ought. >> the next video as well as several videos that follow, have a model of the capitol complex. the video is from the west front of the capitol on the senate side, the side facing the white house. watch the red dot, which moves up the lower steps of the capitol, indicating the approximate location of the rioters as they surge past the
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police. [ crowd noise ] >> while the mob that donald trump sent to stop the certification came closer and closer to breaching the capitol just one floor below where we are now, vice president pence continued to preside over the session in the senate chamber above. at about 2:12 p.m., secret service quickly and suddenly
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evacuated vice president pence from the senate floor. here is the immediate reaction to that evacuation. >> no audio. they just cut out -- >> it seemed like they just took mike pence out really quickly. >> yes, they did. that's exactly what just happened there. they ushered mike pence out there. they moved him fast. i saw the motions, too. >> while the vice president pence was being evacuated from the senate chamber, rioters were, at that time, breaking into the capitol. this next video shows their approach and the initial breach of the capitol complex. remember to watch the red dot, which is tracking throughout this incident. [ crowd noise ]
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>> we need mike pence. we need mike pence. [ crowd noise ]
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[ crowd noise ] >> this is our house. >> now we're going to show you through security footage that has not been made public before what that same breach looked like from the inside. now, because this is security footage, there is no sound . note as the video begins we're seeing the inside view as the
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mob approaches from outside and beats the windows and doors. you can see that the rioter first breaks the window with the wooden beam you first saw previously and a lone police officer inside responds and begins to spray the first man who enters, but is quickly overwhelmed. i want you to pay attention to the first group of assailants as they break into the building. the second man through the window is wearing full tactical body armor and is carrying a baseball bat. others are carrying riot shields. among this group are members of the proud boys, some of whom, like dominic pizzoula, recently indicted on federal conspiracy charges we will discuss later. you can watch where they're
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coming on our model as well. when i first saw this model that was created for this, i thought back to september 11th. i know a lot of you senators were here. some of you might have been members on the house side. i was also here on september 11th. i was a staffer at that time. my office was on the west front of the capitol. i worked in the capitol, and i was on the house side. this year is 20 years since the attacks of september 11th, and almost every day, i remember that 44 americans gave their
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lives to stop the plane that were headed to this capitol building. i thank them every day for saving my life and the life of so many others. those americans sacrificed their lives for love of country, honor, duty, all the things that america means. the capitol stands because of people like that. this capitol that was conceived by our founding fathers, that was built by slaves, that remains through the sacrifice of service men and women around the world. and when i think of that, and i think of these insurgents, these images incited by our own president of the united states,
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attacking this capitol to stop the certification of a presidential election, our democracy, our republic. at the same time that that breach on this capitol building occurred at approximately 2:13 p.m., just one floor up, while senator lankford was speaking on the senate floor, senator grassley, who had taken over for vice president pence called an unscheduled immediate recess of the senate, a senate aide approached senator lankford and informed him that the capitol had been breached. senator grassley is immediately escorted out of the senate cha
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chamber. >> thank you. >> now, while this was going on, officer eugene goodman responded to the initial breach. you all may have seen footage of officer goodman previously, but there's more to his heroic story. in this security footage, you can see officer goodman running to respond to the initial breach. 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. officer goodman made his way down to the first floor, where he encountered the same insurrectionists we just saw
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watch breach the capitol. in this video, we can see the r rioters surge toward officer goodman, recall that the rioters are in red and officer goodman, in this model, is in blue. watch officer goodman, who backs up the stairs. [ crowd noise ]
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[ crowd chants "usa" ] >> you work for us. >> where is the meeting at? [ crowd noise ] >> don't do it. don't do it. >> these people, these people --
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these people have no weapons. we have no weapons. [ crowd noise ] >> although they were shouting that they did not have any weapons, we know from the earlier video that that's not true. the second assailant through that breach was the one carrying a metal baseball bat. we know there were other weapons there that day. did you hear the other shouts? we're here for you. he's one person, we're thousands. and where do they count the votes? they were coming at the urging of donald trump, to keep congress, a separate branch of government, from certifying the results of a presidential election. as the rioters reached the top
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of the stairs, they were within 100 feet of where the vice president was sheltering with his family, and they were just feet away from one of the doors to this chamber, where many of you remained at that time. i also want to show you a different angle from the security footage of officer goodman's acts. this video is on the second floor of the senate wing of the capitol. the red dot, as you recall, represents the insurrectionists. the blue dot is officer goodman, who led the mob away from the chamber just minutes earlier. on the left-hand side of the video, just inside the hallway, is the door to the senate chamber. watch how officer goodman provokes the rioters and
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purposefully draws them away from the door of the senate chamber and toward the other officers, waiting down the hall. the rioter seen carrying a baseball bat in this video is the same one we saw moments ago breaching the window on the first floor. while all of this was going on, vice president pence was still in the room near the senate chamber. it was not until 2:26 that he was evacuated to a secure location. this next security video shows that evacuation. his movements are depicted by the orange dot in our model. the red and blue dots represents the location where the mob and officer goodman were, and where officer goodman led the mob away from the chamber just moments ago.
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you can see vice president pence and his family quickly move down the stairs. the vice president turns around briefly, as he's headed down. as pence was being evacuated, rioters started to spread throughout the capitol. those inside helped other rioters break in through doors in several locations around this entire building, and the mob was looking for vice president pence because of his patriotism, because the vice president had refused to do what the president demand and overturn the election results. during the assault on the capitol, extremists reportedly coordi coordinated online and discussed how they could hunt down the vice president. journalists in the capitol reported they heard rioters say
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they were looking for pence in order to execute him. trump supporters had erected a gallows on the lawn in front of the capitol building. another group of rioters chanted "hang mike pence" as they stood in the open door of the capitol building. you can hear the security alarm from the door in the background. and you can hear the mob calling for the death of the vice president of the united states. [ crowd chants "hang mike pence" ] >> this wasn't an isolated area or incident where that was being told, where that was being said. it was going on everywhere.
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here is another example of the crowd outside yelling "bring out pence, bring him out." >> bring him out. >> bring out pence. >> bring him out. >> bring out pence. >> bring him out. >> bring out pence. >> bring him out. >> after president trump had primed his followers for months and inflamed the rally goers that morning, it is no wonder that the vice president of the united states was the target of their wrath, after pence refused to overturn the election results. listen to this man explain. >> well, congress cowards hid in their inside and were emergency escorted away because of the fear of the people. of course, they're cowards. can't face the people. can't do the right thing.
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pence lied to us. he's a total treasonous pig and his name will be mud forever. now the real battle begins, and it looks like the american people are very pissed. so, good luck with that. peace out. >> peace out. several insurrectionists describe what they had planned to do if they encountered the vice president or other lawmakers. one of them, dominic pizzoula, also known as spaz, is a member of the proud boys as we discussed. he came to the capitol on january 6th with deadly intentions. he commandeered a capitol police shield, used it to smash a glass window, enter the capitol and pave the way for dozens of insurrectionists. as you recall from an earlier video, he was one of the first
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wave of rioters to breach the building. on the left, you can see a screen shot from the video of the break-in we showed earlier, and on the right you can see pizzoula in the mob chase capitol police officer eugene goodman through the building. pizzoula is the man in the center of the video with the gray beard. he has since been charged with eight federal crimes for his conduct related to january 6th. according to an fbi agent's affidavit submitted to the court, the group that was with him during the sack of the capitol confirmed they were out to murder, quote, anyone they got their hands on. here is what the fbi said, and i quote. other members of the group talked about things they had done that day, and they said that anyone they got their hands on, they would have killed, including nancy pelosi and,
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quote, they would have killed vice president mike pence if given the chance. they were talking about assassinating the vice president of the united states. during the course of the attack, the vice president never left the capitol, remained locked down with his family, with his family inside the building. remember that, as you think about these images and the sounds of the attack. mike pence was threatened by death because he rejected the president's demand that he overturn the election. the mob also went after speaker of the house who, along with the
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vice president, was presiding over the joint session of the certification in the house chamber. chilling evidence shows on january 6th, armed and organized insurrectionists trained their sights on speaker pelosi. they sought out the speaker on the floor and in her office, publicly declared their intent to harm or kill her, ransacked her office and terrorized her staff and they did it because donald trump sent them on this mission the speaker was rushed from the house floor at 2:15 p.m. minutes after the capitol was breached. they recognized immediately she was in danger. the speaker was not just rushed from the floor. the capitol police deemed the threat so dangerous that they evacuated her entirely from the capitol complex in charging
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documents that are now available it's well documented. we know from the rioters themselves that if they had found speaker pelosi they would have killed her. i have already mentioned dominic pezzola, charged with eight federal crimes. the group he attacked the capitol with confirmed that, quote, anyone they got their hands on, they would have killed, including nancy pelosi. william calhoun, a lawyer from georgia, also participated in the insurrection that day. and he, too, has been charged for his actions. this insurrectionist detailed his criminal activity at the
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capitol online. calhoun wrote about his involvement on his own facebook page. here is the post. calhoun stated, quote, and get this, the first of us who got upstairs it kicked in nancy pelosi's office door and pushed down the halls toward her inner sanctum, the mob howling with rage. crazy nancy probably would have been torn into little pieces, but she was nowhere to be seen. crazy nancy. that's trump's nickname for the speaker of the house. then he explains that he and his group only abandoned their claim to the speaker's office when, quote, a s.w.a.t. team showed up. he writes, quote, then a s.w.a.t. team showed and we retreated back to the rotunda and continued our hostile takeover of the capitol building. retreated. hostile takeover.
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he's using military terms for this attack. the mob continued to look for speaker pelosi throughout the time they occupied the capitol, including invading her offices. watch now how the mob searches for speaker pell osi's office, which is marked in red, and the house chamber itself. >> where are you, nancy? we're looking for you! >> she's in here. >> nancy? oh, nancy? nancy, where are you, nancy? >> during the siege, the speaker's staff took cover in her office, hiding in fear for their lives for hours, as rioters broke in and ransacked
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her office, as rioters were breaking into the capitol, her staff retreated into an interior room. eight of them gathered in a conference room. about the same time, capitol police announced that the capitol had been breached, speaker pelosi's staff heeded the call to shelter in place. on our model you can see the rioters in the rotunda in red and the speaker's office again in orange. so this is a security video, so there is no sound. as you can see here, the staff m moves from the offices into the halls and enters a door on the right-hand side. that's the outer door of a conference room, which also has an inner door that they barricaded with furniture. the staff then hid under a conference room table in that
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inner room. this is the last staffer going in and then barricading themselves inside of the inner office. after just seven minutes of them barricading themselves and the last staffer entering the door on the right, a group of rioters enter the hallway outside. and once inside, the rioters have free reign in the speaker of the house's offices. in this security video, pay attention to the door that we saw those staffers leading into and going into. one of the rioters, you can see, is throwing his body against the door three times until he breaks open that outer door. luckily, when faced with the inner door, he moves on.
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another rioter later tried, unsuccessfully, to break through that inner door. at this point, the mob had already broken into the speaker's formal conference room that is in the back of the hall at the top of the video. i want to play some audio we have of the speaker's staff with the rioters at the door that day. you can hear the terror in their voice, as they describe what's happening to them, as they are barricaded in that conference room. please listen carefully, because the staffer is whispering into a phone as he hides from the rioters that are outside the do door. >> coming down the hallway. they're banging on the doors, trying to find her. >> yeah. >> you can hear the pounding in
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the background as that staffer is speaking. one of those staffers explained later they could hear the mob going through her offices, breaking down the door and yelling "where are you, nancy?" the mob also pillaged and vandalized the speaker's office and documented their crimes on social media. they stole objects, desecrated the office of the speaker of the house of representatives of the united states. as you can see in these photos, rioters broke down a door. they also shattered a mirror. at 2:50 p.m., several rioters, including richard biggle-bannerett, entered speaker pelosi's office. the world is all now too familiar with the images from
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these slides. if you look closely, however, at the now infamous pictures of ba barnett with his feet on the desk you might notice something that you didn't previously. as this photo highlights, he's carrying a stun gun tucked into his waistband. the fbi identified the device as a 950,000 volt stun gun walking stick. the weapon could have caused serious pain and incapacitated anyone barnett had used it against. richard barnett bragged about his actions. he was proud of the way he de sechlt crated the speaker of the house's office. he left a note. "we will not back down." here is barnett in his own wo words. >> i didn't steal it.
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i couldn't fucking see. i put a quarter on her desk even though she ain't fucking worth it and i left a note on her desk that says nancy biggle was here, you bitch. >> trump's mob ransacked the speaker of the house's office. they terrorized her staff. again, that is a mob that was sent by the president of the united states to stop the certification of an election. the vice president, the speaker of the house, the first and second in line to the presidency, were performing their constitutional duties, presiding over the election certification, and they were put
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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 d down
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down. >> we're taking projectile. they've breached the scaffold. they're behind our lines. >> shortly after 2:00 p.m., the capitol police and metropolitan police were overwhelmed by president trump's mob. perimeters were broken. the capitol had been breach ed.
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those officers kept fighting back for hours and hours to hold the line. they fought to defend the capitol building and all of us within it. but they weren't there just to protect us. and they did, and our staff, and the custodial staff, and all the people who work so hard in this building. they were there to protect the votes of the american people that were being counted that day. i will show you more later about what that day was like for those brave officers. but first, let's go back to what was happening, where manager plaskett left off in the house chamber. rioters who entered the building through the senate quickly spread out through the capitol. many headed toward the house and senate chambers. after speaker pelosi was ushered out, chairman mcgovern was
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presiding in the house, attempting to keep the counting process going. on our phones, members were receiving security updates and watching social media to see the horror that was going on outside. we never thought it would make its way in. by 2:25 p.m., rioters, who were already in the building, opened the east side doors of the capital rotunda to let more of the mob in. they quickly flooded through the doors, overwhelming the officers. this is new security footage of those doors and, as before, the mob is identified with the red dot on the model of the capitol. if you look closely, you'll see the first person through the door is holding a trump flag .
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>> at the same time, just one floor below, the mob violently pushed through a line of capitol police officers and overtook the area. we all know that area in the capitol as the crypt. this is directly beneath the rotunda at the very center of the capitol. [ crowd noise ]
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>> inside the house chamber, a security officer suspended the floor debate to update members. >> tear gas in the rotunda. please be advised there are masks under your seats. please grab a mask, place it in your lap and be prepared to don your mask. >> we were told there were tear gas masks underneath our seats and be prepared to grab them. determined to keep the count going, chairman mcgovern called the house back into session, but only four minutes later, at 2:30 p.m., the house abruptly recessed. a new security announcement was
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made. >> we need to be prepared to get down under your chairs, if necessary, so we have focus entering the rotunda and coming down this way. we'll update you as soon as we can. just be prepared. stay calm. >> as i heard that announcement on the floor, i saw the new house chaplain on just her fourth day on the job walk to the front podium. unannounced and amidst the chaos, she started to recite a prayer for peace. uncertain what would happen next i sent a text message to my wife. "i love you and the babies. please hug them for me." i imagine many of you sent a similar message. what we could not see from inside the chamber was that outside, the mob was growing larger and larger and
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approaching our doors, but we could hear them. this security footage, which does not have sound, shows a close-up of trump's mob as they move toward the second floor of the house chamber to stop the counting of votes. in the back of the group you see one individual carrying a "stop the steal" sign. they get within footsteps of the house door. the next video is the viewpoint of the insurrectionists. it begins with the mob massing and then cuts ahead to show you their surge to the house door.
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[ crowd chants "we want trump" ] >> they're going. they're going. i would just stop. >> dude, you're not help. you're not helping. you're going to get -- [ crowd noise ] >> no violence. >> it's too late for that. they don't listen without that. [ crowd noise ] [ crowd chants "stop the
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steal" ] >> those doors to orient you are the doors the president of the united states walks through when he or she gives the state of the union address. you may have heard one man yelled no violence and another responded, it's too late for that. they don't listen without that. they were there to stop the certification of the election. at this point, inside the house chamber, we can now hear the pounding on the doors. at 2:35 p.m., members on the house floor were told an evacuation route was secured and it was time to leave. this video shows members of congress exiting to the side of the podium where we would go through the house lobby and downstairs. [ crowd noise ]
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>> because of coronavirus restrictions, congressional members had been waiting in the gallery for their time to speak just one level above the house floor. representatives, staff, journalists all took cover under their chairs, helped each other put on their gas masks and held hands, as rioters gathered outside. here in this slide, you see representative jason crowe, comforting our colleague, representative susan wilde. the rioters continued to surround the house chamber, flooding the halls and kicking on the doors as they pass them. this security video shows ashley babbit, followed by others in the mob, turning the corner toward the house lobby doors where the members were leaving .
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>> chairman mcgovern was one of the last members to leave the floor. as he left through the house lobby just after 2:40 p.m., he was spotted by the mob. [ crowd noise ]
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>> minutes later at 2:44 p.m., ashley babbitt taem attempted to climb through a shattered window into the house lobby. to protect the members in the lobby, an officer discharged his weapon and she was killed. i want to warn everyone that the next video, which shows her death, is graphic. [ crowd noise ] >> he has a gun, he has a gun. >> he has a gun! >> got a gun! [ crowd noise ] >> oh! oh!
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>> inside the chamber, representatives, staff and journalists remain trapped in the gallery. one floor above the house floor, and heard the gunshot. my colleague, representative dan kilde, produced this recording. >> take your pins off. >> what the fuck? >> take your pins off. >> pins off. >> out of fear that they would be seen or taken by the mob, my colleagues were telling each other to take off their congressional pins. that buzzing sound that you hear in the background of these videos was a sound of the gas masks. it was not until approximately 2:50 p.m., about six minutes after the shooting, downstairs remaining members, staff and journalists in the gallery were finally able to flee.
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in this security footage video, you can see them exiting. many members are still wearing their gas masks. they walk just feet away from where capitol police are holding an insurrectionist at gun point. just minutes earlier, that insurrectionist had tried to open the gallery door and, thankfully, was stopped by a tactical team. although members were now being
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moved to another location, the mob continued to fight, to stop the count, to find the members, to engage with the police. the building was not yet secure. this security video from 2:56 p.m. shows the mob and the house of the representatives wing. insurrectionists still inside the building are fighting with the police who are overwhelmed in trying to get them out. throughout this presentation, we have been very careful to not share where members of congress were taken on the paths they followed to get out and off the floors, but that very issue was under discussion by the insurrectionists themselves. one example comes from an fbi
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affidavit, which stated that a leader of a militia group known as the oath keepers received messages while he was at the capitol. the leader was given directions to where representatives were thought to be sheltering and instructions to, quote, turn on gas. seal them in. and, as you know, the threat to the senate was no less than that of the members of the house. the mob approached the senate with the same purpose, fulfilling president trump's goal of stopping the count, delaying the certification of the electoral college votes of the american people. as you heard from representative plaskett, vice president pence was moved from the capitol. by then, rioters breached several areas close to this chamber and were flooding the
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hallways just outside and nearby. the senate chamber was not evacuated until 2:30 p.m. the mob had been in the building for more than 15 minutes. this new security footage of the senators and staff leaving the chamber will be displayed on the screens. it is silent . you cannot see it in this footage but quick-thinking, senate floor staff grabbed and protected the electoral ballots that the mob was after.
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those of you who were here that day recall once you left the senate floor you moved in the hallway to get to safety. that hallway was near where officer goodman encountered a mob and steered them away. you know how close you came to the mob. some of you, i understand, could hear them. but most of the public does not know how close these rioters came to you. as you were moving through that hallway, i paced it off. you were just 58 steps away from where the mob was amassing and where police were rushing to stop them. they were yelling. in this security video, you can see how the capitol police
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created a line and blocked the hallway with their bodies to prevent rioters at the end of the hall from reaching you and your staff .
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>> because this is security footage that you have not seen before, i want to play it again. the top of the screen is the other end of that hallway where the mob has amassed and the officers are rushing to, to protect you.
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>> additional security footage shows how leader schumer and the members of his protective detail had a near miss with the mob. they came within just yards of rioters and had to turn around. here, in this new video, you see leader schumer walking up a ramp, going up the ramp with his detail, he'll soon go out of view. . seconds later, they return and run back down the hallway and officers immediately shut the door and use their bodies to keep them safe. at 2:45 p.m., shortly after senators were ushered to safety
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from the senate floor, insurrectionists reached this senate gallery. the following video was filmed by a new yorker reporter. >> we're here! >> is this the senate? [ crowd noise ] >> where the fuck are they? >> minutes later, the insurrectionists invaded and desecrated the senate floor. these vandals shouted and rifled through the desks in this room. they took pictures of documents and of themselves, celebrating that they had taken over the floor and stopped the counting of electoral college votes.
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>> how do you get down there? >> down the stairs. >> look. >> ted cruz's objection to the arizona. >> objection. he was going to -- >> all along. >> what? >> look, objection to counting the electoral votes of the state of arizona. >> quit acting a fool, man. >> no, no, this is good stuff. >> hey, quit acting a fool. >> larry brach, arrested for his participation in the insurrection, was arrest for the record wearing a helmet, tactical gear and carrying flex cuffs. this man, also on the senate
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gallery, is eric manchel, dressed in tactical gear also holding up flex cuffs. if the doors to this chamber had been breached just minutes earlier imagine what they could have done with those cuffs. >> the capitol was in lockdown for five hours. as long as it took to get back to the capitol, to get back to the certification of the election, it could have been so much longer.
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>> 140 officers injured, three officers who ultimately lost their lives. we all know that awful day could have been so much worse. the only reason it was not was because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women of the capitol police and the metropolitan police departments. for hours and hours, these insurrectionists were in hand-to-hand combat with these brave men and women. like some of you, i come from a law enforcement family. my dad was a cop. my two brothers, my little brothers are cops who walk the beat today. i'm proud of them. and like every law enforcement family when we hang up the phone we not only say "i love you," we say "be safe."
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i want to warn you the following audio and videos are graphic and are unsettling. but it's important we understand what occurred. >> cruiser 50, we're still take ing rocks, bottles and pieces of flag and metal pole. cruiser 50, the crowd is using munitions against us. they have -- bear spray in the crowd. bear spray in the crowd. >> 1326. >> multiple deployments u.s. capitol with pepper spray. i need a re-up. i need a re-up here. >> you hear the officers say
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they're using munitions, they, the rioters, are using munitions against us. the video shows how the sprays that were described were used against the officers. in a separate metropolitan police department radio calling you can hear an officer when he realizes that the insurrectionists had overtaken the police line. >> cruiser 50, we've lost the line. all of pd, pull back. all of pd, pull back up to the upper deck. all of pd pull back to the upper deck asap. upper deck. upper deck. 1033, i repeat, 10-33, west
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front of the capitol. we've been flanked and we've lost the line. >> mpd officer calls out 10-33, that's the code for emergency. officer in need of assistance. his words, we've lost the line. hours after members of the house and senate had left this area, on the west front of the building the mob continued to grow, continued to beat the officers. in this new security video you can see the mob attacking officer with a crutch, hockey stick, a bullhorn and a trump flag
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flag. >> i want to show you that same attack from the body camera footage. [ crowd noise ] this body camera footage is from 4:27 p.m., over two hours. the attack on police that
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afternoon was constant. a 20-year police veteran with four daughters was part of the line protecting the capitol, one of three officers that when they dragged him, they stole his badge, his radio and they tased him, triggering a heart attack. here, he describes his exper experience. >> looked like a midevil battle scene. at one point i got tased. people were yelling "we got one, we got one." >> specialize investigation when they protected the front capitol entrance. here is her experience.
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>> i can't say enough about the officers that were there, the officers that were on the front line. and when i say the front line, i mean literally officers that were in a line, stopping these people that were beating them with metal poles, spraying them with bear mace. they did everything in their power to not let those people in. this was going on for hours. >> when rioters trapped the officer between two doors, when east of was interviewed later this is how he described what was happening. >> they drew down a huge metal object that hit me in the head. i was also knocked down. the medical mask i was wearing at the time got pulled up over my eyes so i was on the ground and blinded and they started attacking me from all sides.
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>> rioters crushed officer hodges. he was wedged in the doorway. blood dripping from his mouth. he was struggling to breathe. all while the insurrectionists hit him. were also reminded of the three ffrs officers who lost their lives, sicknick, metropolitan officer smith, goodwig. we pray for our loved ones and we know the scripture of matthew, chapter 5, verse 9. blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of god. i'm sorry i have to show you the next video, but in it you will
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see how we were on that hellish day we had a peace maker like officer hodges protecting our lives, our staffs' lives. this capitol and the certification process. may we do all we can in this chamber to make sure that never happens again. [ crowd noise ]
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[ crowd noise ] [ screaming ] >> mr. president, we'll now have a recess for dinner and we'll resume at 6:15. >> the senate will stand in recess. we've been watching the house impeachment managers make
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an extremely powerful case against donald j. trump using such dramatic, previously unseen recordings from inside the u.s. capitol during the january 6th insurrection. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room" with our special live coverage of the second trump impeachment trial. the democrats will resume their presentation, we just heard, soon. they say 6:15. we'll see what time exactly, after showing very, very chilling security camera footage earlier during the course of the last two hours. and it captured the attack in real time, and the life-threatening danger to the then vice president mike pence, the house speaker nancy pelosi and, indeed, everyone in the house and the senate and the u.s. capitol complex that day as they fled from and they hid from the violent mob of pro-trump terrorist. the impeachment managers arguing that the 45th president was, and
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i'm quoting now, the inciter in chief, the inciter in chief, who deliberately provoked his supporters to attack anyone and everyone, including, including his own vice president in a desperate bid to stop the counting of the electoral college votes and to hold on to power. the question now, will any of this, will any of this convince skeptical senate republicans that trump should be convicted and then disqualified from holding federal office ever again? it was absolutely horrifying, chilling video that really gave the feeling for what it must have been like to be in the capitol on that day. we saw police officer, capitol police officer shoot one of the insurrectionists. four other people were killed that day, including capitol
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officer brian sick nick, whose death we did not see in this, but it was really absolutely horrifying and chilling. the kind of terrorist attack that we don't really often see this much video from. and i have to say, dana and abby, that when i look at this video, after the buildup of months, months and months that we covered and then the video from that day of trump telling his supporters to go down there and then they did what they did, i have to say, in all likelihood this will be donald trump's legacy. >> uh-huh. >> this will be what he is remembered for. hundreds of years from now. some presidents aren't even remembered for things. this is what will be donald trump is remembered for. and the fact that there are going to be dozens of republican senators who, in all likelihood, vote to not hold trump accountable for this is just
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stunning to me. and that will be their legacies. >> it will be. and it should be his legacy. but the human emotion for anybody with a pulse watching what we just watched, it's absolutely overwhelming. never mind for those of us who walk those halls for many years. for me it's 20 years, knowing exactly where they are. it's impossible to really wrap my mind around the fact that these people were in there with weapons, making these windows shatter, holding a flag. not just a confederate flag but a trump flag. it's remarkable. and for the very first time, we know the incredible american hero eugene goodman -- i mean, all these police officers were heroes. but the fact that he saved mitt
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romney's life, we saw that for the first time. and my understanding is even top romney aides didn't know that until they watched this just now. >> yeah. it's terrifying the the whole thing is just terrifying. and it makes you wonder what kind of people would do these kinds of things? it's not just that they broke into the capitol. they were screaming that they wanted to kill nancy pelosi and the vice president. they were brutalizing capitol police officers. they were carrying confederate flags. it really is a window into something very dark in this nation that i think is scary beyond just what we -- the events of january 6th. but what would stir that up in people? and we know that a big part of it was the big lie. and that's what this whole -- watching that footage, the question i ask myself is, what would stir this up in people so much so that they would be willing to kill?
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some people in that crowd were willing to kill on that day. and the answer is, a massive, massive, massive lie. >> aided and abetted by house republican leader kevin mccarthy, house republican whip steve scalise, senator ted cruz, senator hawley. they had a role in this, too. and it is absolutely infuriating to watch this video and see our leaders, including then vice president mike pence, running for their lives. here he is in security footage. mike pence and his family, his family. there he is, right there, looking back. being escorted out of the capitol where he was abiding by his constitutional duties, presiding over the counting of the electoral votes, being escorted out so that they didn't kill him, which is what the maga mob said they wanted to do. they said they want ed to kill
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him. dana, you were talking a minute ago about the video, about officer eugene goodman. >> right. >> one of the heroes of that day and how his top aides -- his top aides did not even know that it was goodman that had been the capitol police officer that whisked romney to safety. let's run that video. here it is. that's officer goodman, i believe, running right there. and there's mitt romney, right there, running. absolutely terrifying. we talk about, dana, what did -- what would the crowd have done if they had gotten to mike pence? what with would they have done had they had gotten to mitt romney? senator mitt romney? they don't deserve this. >> no. >> they don't deserve this. and the fact that there are republican senators who are not going to hold the president accountable, some of them are accountable themselves, is just utterly baffling. >> absolutely. when you talk about mike pence and mitt romney, in particular, romney had been speaking out on this network and elsewhere before this, warning of this
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exact thing. that if his colleagues didn't call out the president for not accepting the election, much less lying about the fact that it was rigged, that this would happen. then here we see range omney hi running for his life and being saved by these heroic officers. and the fact that we are in the united states of america and we knew that the president was incredibly hard on mike pence and incited -- effectively incited violence against his own vice president, but to watch this never-before-seen footage that you just played again, jake, of the vice president of the united states being whisked out -- there you see it again, with his family, as you said, because his boss, who he ran on the ticket with him, who he defended up until the very end when he couldn't, because he had to defend the constitution
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ins instead, it's remarkable. >> it is absolutely remarkable. >> keep in mind as this is happening, as pence is being escorted out, around the same time, trump was tweeting about pence. >> yep. >> inciting the crowd by saying that pence didn't do what he -- what trump thought he should do on that day. that's what's also so remarkable about what happened that day, was that as all of this was unfolding, there was this complete absence of a sense from the white house, from the president that he needed to say something to stop it. the people who were breaking into the capitol were listening intently to everything that trump was tweeting and saying that day. and it took hours for him to say something. and it wasn't strong enough. it took him hours after even his first statement from the say something till he even got to the point where he said get out of there, go home.
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all of them could have been killed. >> any one of them. it's amazing it wasn't more of a mass casualty event. the time stamp on the video there, was around 2:25 or so, which is around the time, if you look right there, it says 2:26 i think. >> uh-huh. >> that's around the time that trump was tweeting another attack on mike pence. >> yep. >> literally. it wasn't just that he wasn't telling his people stop, as he had been yelling "stop" about counting the votes. it wasn't just that. he was actually inciting them even further with his tweets, which we all know they were reading. >> exactly. and we know not just from the remarkable presentations that we've seen today and also yesterday, but from our own reporting, from our own colleague who we know was in the mob and he was holding his phone. and the people came to him and said, are you looking at what he's saying? what is he telling us to do, talking about president trump.
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>> anderson, one thing that is undeniable in this, when you watch this video, beyond what a clear and present threat it was to all the innocent people in that building, from vice president mike pence on down, is how heroic the police officers, capitol police officers, then later the metropolitan police division officers, how heroic they were that day as they were physically attacked by the maga mob. one of them was killed. one of them lost fingers. one of them lost an eye. absolutely horrific. incited by president trump and the other people who pushed the big lie. >> as we saw, officer goodman and we saw one or two other officers in videos where they were the only officer on the scene in a particular location and would have had every right to back off immediately. we saw one in riot gear trying to stop crowds of people coming
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in through this door, being pushed back. but he continued to try to stop this. abby talked about, you know, it was a long time before president trump actually said anything. but let's remember what he said in that first video. he said that those people that we watched, the people that we have just watched in all those videos are very special people. and he said i love them. i love you. that's what the president of the united states -- that was his first message to the people who did what we just witnessed. let's just talk about what we have seen. ross garber, the use of mike pence -- we see that video of mike pence being ushered out with his family and his staff, secret service agents, while the president is tweeting about him. it's interesting to me that more republican senators are not -- if they're not looking at that and thinking, you know what mike pence's crime was?
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he was slavishly loyal to president trump this entire time, then he finally did what was right and all of that service to president trump, it didn't matter. it didn't matter at all because president trump has no loyalty. i don't understand whether republican senators don't realize, each one of them could be mike pence in that situation. and, you know what? if president trump sticks around and continues to run the party, it could be them three years from now. >> i think that's the subtext. i don't think these house managers could be doing a better job. they are operating on a whole bunch of different levels. and that's one of them. as they're talking about mike pence, they're doing everything they can to, number one, appeal to republicans and, number two, show that this is not partisan. you saw they showed mike pence, they showed mitt romney. they showed staff. they showed police officers. they are trying to do their best to show this isn't a partisan
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exercise. and, you know, trump's team right now has a lot of things to answer for. >> ted cruz, watching this -- if, in fact, he is watching it. we have no cameras on them. that's what they didn't want, cameras on them. is he watching mike pence and does he actually think there's no way trump would do that to me? he has already insulted his wife. >> right. i have no idea what ted cruz is thinking, but if you're sitting in that chamber, it just got a lot harder for you to vote no, i think, because we learned that they were just 58 steps from the mob. we learned that the president had put a target on their back. and i think this is the final link that they need to make. i'm not a lawyer here, but it seems to me that they need to make a link, and they've done a little bit of it already, that none of this would have happened had it not been for donald
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trump. a and, you know, that right now, that line is pretty easy -- is pretty easy to draw because we see what these people were saying, and we see that mike pence's only crime was his dedication to the constitution. these people in that senate chamber also take an oath to the constitution. >> and just focusing on the case that they are now meticulously building, how do you see it? >> well, anderson, today they delivered on the promise that they made yesterday with that 15-minute video. they showed that over a course of months, donald trump incited this mob by lying to them that their democracy was being stolen. they showed his words on january 6th that sent that human explosive hurdling down pennsylvania avenue toward the capitol and we just saw the payoff, the horrible violence
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and the devastation and death that that brought. the missing piece now, they're very astute these house managers, the trial lawyers who are advising them, the trial lawyers in their midst. the missing piece nourks as gloria points out -- and this is what is coming. they've built for t i predict that what we're going to see now, in prime time -- that's not an accident -- is trump's role. they're going to go back to trump and his -- it's not just his sending them there. it's his inaction while this happened. and it's his words to killers, insurrectionists, attacking our democracy and the human beings who make that democracy work in the capitol. "we love you." we're going to hear a lot of that, i predict, in the next segment. they have set it up. >> ross, in terms of what you expect coming up, you do look at this and you think if those
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people, those insurrectionists were from any other group in this country, no republican in that hall would think twice about, you know, voting the president responsible. >> yeah but that's not how it was. we saw what happened with senator cassidy yesterday. senator cassidy made his vote and immediately the louisiana republican party chastised him, cascaded him. these republican senators have to go back home. i'm going to be very interested to see when the voting comes whether republican senators, you know, are going to be able to stick to the jurisdiction issue. are they going to be able to say, you know what? i'm not even going to talk about all of these facts. i'm not going to talk about what happened. i'm just going to talk about the legalistic jurisdiction stuff or are they going to defend what happened on the facts? and in the meantime, i'm going to be very interested, because we've been talking about it all day, to see if what norm predicts comes true.
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>> showing the president's -- >> yeah. we've been talking today about maybe they haven't yet completely tied up, you know, the violence as connected to the president. the president knowing about it in advance. he has been charged with willful, violent insurrection. did the president know in advance? did he will this to happen? maybe they haven't completely tied that up. >> if he is willful, does it mean that he has to know the violence would occur or should have known or any reasonable person would have known? >> we can get legalistic about it. this isn't a criminal case. i think at a minimum, he had to intend for the violence to happen. he had to intend for the violence to happen. >> let's go back to wolf. >> anderson, thank you very much. john king is with me as well. the trump legal defense team, the two lawyers who showed up yesterday, did a pretty pitiful job trying to make the case for the unconstitutionality of this
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entire trial. they'll have an incredibly difficult job responding to these house managers who have really put together a very brilliant argument that the president of the united states incited this insurrection. >> and they're still building. they have been incredibly effective and disciplined so far. one has to assume, as norm was talking about, that they have more and they are build toward a conclusion. a few things on this day. number one, thank you to every person who wears the uniform. when you watch all that video, the vice president, the speaker of the house, staff members, senators. this could have been -- you almost think -- i don't mean to say it this way but should have been so much worse when you see how close the leaders and rank and file member of congress, and the staff members and custodial staff came if not for the heroism of those police officers. just thank you. you cannot say thank you enough to police officers there or anywhere around the country for what they do. number two, you're right. these house managers are presenting a very disciplined,
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methodical, emotional, but factual case as they put all the pieces together. they showed remarkable discipline in not leaking any of this security video, in saving it for this presentation. this is a town where things leak out all the time. they could have gotten the daily splash on cable television and in the newspapers for doing it. they held it to make this methodical case. you see senators coming out, i'm looking at my feed. they don't realize. think about when you see a car accident or something. you see it in the moment but only from your perspective. as they watch all this, senators, even republican senators coming out saying i didn't realize what was happening on the house side. i didn't realize what was happening here. the challenge now is for the defense team but also the republican senators, the grand os trich party. they want to put their head in the sand and pay no attention to trump and what he is responsible for and what they have enabled. had an they have enable d by
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saying it's just a tweet or can we just not talk about that, or i don't pay attention to that. you cannot watch this today, and i'm a broken record on this question. but if you do not believe the former president should be convicted in the impeachment trial, what do you believe? what is the accountability test? does he get a pass? does he get to walk? that's what you want here? if you want to make that case, make that case. i think it's incumbent that republican senators who do not want to convict, that they not be allowed to hide behind a process argument, that they have to explain it after seeing that, an attack on their building, which is our government, by a mob that by the grace of god and courage of those police officers did not kill more people. >> yeah. and they're making the case, the house managers, that not only do they want to convict donald trump of this incitement of insurrection, but they also want to disqualify him from ever again holding federal office. >> look, again, this is the hypocrisy of the past four
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years, cynicism of the past four years. most republican senators would whisper to you or i, send us a text or tell us in private conversation they hope he goes away. they think he's a cancer on their party. okay. as congressman raskin said this morning, we're not in a debate over a policy or silly tweet that in a day or two we'll all forget. we're in a debate about how or whether the former president should be held accountable for an attack on his own government, incited by him, encouraged by him. and i think that house managers have been very effective in saying all the times he used his platform to stop things or to make clear what he wanted, and he didn't. think of all the video we saw today now. this new video, plus the other video. when you see it all collected together after all of that, the president of the united states at the time, now the former president, called them patriots. he said he loved them. he thanked them for what they did and said now please go home. this day will be remembered. that was his take on this after
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this all played out. the challenges on his defense team to counter what they've heard so far and what is still to come from the prosecution, but as i said at the beginning yesterday, the republican party is on trial, too. if you want to make the case that you don't think the former president should be impeached, make it. what is the accountability then? you think none? after watching what -- it's hard to explain. it's hard to defend none, no accountability anyway. after today, that's a very steep hill. >> that video was really, really powerful. jeff zeleny is up on capitol hill, watching. i'm assuming you're watching a lot of republican senators reacting to what they are seeing and what they are hearing. what are you seeing? >> reporter: wolf, indeed. it was incredibly different from the rest of the presentation. senators were signature at their desks almost to a person, held in rapt attention, republican and democratic senators alike, watching this video. in many cases, it was silent video, but certainly mitt romney at one point watching video of
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himself, shaking his head. senator james lankford at oklahoma who, of course, was speaking at the very moment that the senate was abruptly recessed. he appeared to grow somewhat emotional. he was comforted, at least for a brief period of time, for montana senator. this is a sense here, this is so personal to them. we've been talking about how, indeed, this is the scene of the crime. some of the very video they were watching, the desks that were being looked through and ransacked are the very desks the senators are sitting in. certainly new moments that many senators are saying they were not even aware of some of these things, in fact, going on. what we do not know is if it's going to change any minds. couple of things here. yes, this was a presentation for the jury. those 100 senators sitting in the chamber, republicans and democrats alike. but it's also more than that. it's a presentation for history, for the ages, to chronicle this era of time, the trump era and
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that insurrection. in greater detail than we have ever seen before. >> the majority leader, chuck schumer is at the >> as for me and my situation, i just want to give tremendous credit to the capitol police officers who were in my detail like the rest of the capitol police officers. they are utterly amazing and great and we love them. >> how close this could have been -- >> let me go back to jeff zeleny. jeff, you were making your point p i interrupted you. go ahead. >> reporter: we saw senator schumer there. that was very dramatic video we had not seen before. he was walking up the capitol visitor center with his detail and then abruptly was walking back the other way into the underground tunnels from the capitol building over to the senate office building. so these are very familiar hallways to these senators. but they usually are not filled with these rioters and these people. so we saw several instances of senators and perhaps the most dramatic of all was the vice president, mike pence, his
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family, his aides being spirited out of the back of the senate chamber down a set of stairways and into a hiding area. and then the pelosi staff. this is something i am told that speaker pelosi is here in washington, she's watching this trial unfold as she's tending to other matters as well. but seeing the speaker's hallway there and those staffers hiding inside that conference room, seeing people try and open the door, ramming the door, and hearing that audio, we have not seen this from this perspective. so again, we do not know if this will change any votes, but this was the most emotional part of the trial. and unlike a criminal trial, again, this is a public trial as well. this is something as john was saying before that the republican party's on trial. it absolutely is. that's why so many republicans here are bothered by this. but this of course will set the president's legacy going forward. >> we just showed that video of schumer escaping, escaping the terrorists who were inside the u.s. capitol. let's take a quick look. you can see right now he's going
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to start coming up. he's got his aides, his security around him. but then all of a sudden you're going to see him walk up there. you see him. he's walking a little bit slower than the others. but he's escaping right now. he probably didn't realize at the time he was escaping probably for his life. manu raju is up on capitol hill. he's always up on capitol hill. you and i were -- you were reporting. you were in the middle of all of this when all of this was breaking on january 6th, manu. i was so worried about you and all of our colleagues. >> reporter: yeah, we were locked here actually, where we're broadcasting from right now as the insurrectionists were just outside and pounding on various doors as we've seen through the course of the footage that has come out piece by piece and in this comprehensive way today. i can tell you, wolf, i just spent some time after this new chilling security footage has been shown to the senate and talking to republicans about how they reacted. and it's very clear from the republican senators i'm talking to they're shaken. they view this as chilling
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footage. it does not mean they're going to change their votes, which are likely to acquit donald trump. but it does mean that they are taken aback and they are reminded about how harrowing of an experience that was for all of them and for everybody here in this building who experienced it that day. but a sampling of some of the reactions that i got in the hallway just moments ago. senator mike braun of indiana, i asked him was he shaken by this. he said, "same way that i was before." i said is that going to change your mind on how you're going to vote? he said, "but if i think the process is flawed it's hard for me to vote to convict." so they're still resting on that same process argument, saying if donald trump needs to be held accountable he should be held accountable in a court of law, not in a court of impeachment in the senate when he's no longer president. that is still the view republican senators are espousing. and also some republicans who are likely to convict are signaling what they're hearing is absolutely damning. that's including lisa murkowski of alaska who just told us this. >> i think that the house
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managers are making a very strong case for a timeline that laid out very clearly, with the words that were used, when he used them, how he used them to really build the anger, the violence that we saw here in this capitol. the evidence that has been presented thus far is pretty damning. i just -- i don't see how donald trump could be re-elected to the presidency again. >> reporter: wolf, she's in the minority of senate republicans right now. while they saw this footage just now, they are still signaling a very likeliness to acquit donald trump. we'll see if any minds are changed as more and more of this football comes out. but at the moment still resting on that process argument that we've heard for days here now. >> yeah, these house managers, impeachment managers, they're making the point that trump must not only be convicted, convicted
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of this impeachment but he should also be disqualified from ever again holding federal office. they keep saying convicted and disqualified. and remember, it was madeleine dean, one of the house impeachment managers, who made a very important point. this is the first time in more than 200 years that the seat of the u.s. government, the u.s. capitol, has been ransacked. the last time in the war of 1812 by the british who attacked the u.s. capitol. the impeachment trial will resume right here in "the situation room." coming up next, we'll take a much closer look at all of that never-before-seen surveillance video during the insurrection. and new reaction coming in from former president trump. stand by. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." as a retired weatherman, i like things i can predict. that's why i chose an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan from unitedhealthcare. it's the kind of plan with predictable out-of-pocket costs.
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." we're standing by for the trump impeachment trial to resume. before their break house
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impeachment managers presented an amazing amount of very disturbing new evidence showing videos inside the u.s. capitol during, during the deadly insurrection. videos that had never been seen publicly until now. we've got a lot of coverage going on because we're waiting for this trial to resume. in the meantime i want to go to jim acosta. he's in west palm beach, florida getting reaction. what are you hearing from the trump folks? what are you hearing from the pence folks? >> reporter: yeah, wolf, i mean, one of the things that we're trying to dig into right now is just to get some of the reaction to some of that just awful video that we saw play out as the house impeachment managers presented their case. and you know, one of the things that i'm hearing from multiple trump advisers, people i've who have been speaking with the former president in recent weeks, is that he has not felt or shown any remorse for what took place on january 6th. and one of the terrible aspects of january 6th that he has not
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shown any remorse for is what happened with vice president mike pence. the former vice president, who we saw in that clip earlier this afternoon, that was probably one of the most harrowing scenes that were shown to the jurors in the senate earlier this afternoon when we saw video of the secret service and other security officials essentially hustling the former vice president and his family out of danger as that mob was approaching, as that siege was under way up on capitol hill. i talked to a source familiar with the relationship between former president trump and former vice president mike pence who said that this relationship remains damaged, that they have not patched up this relationship since what went down on january 6th. and this source said that yes, mike pence did talk to donald trump the day after what happened on january 6th, that they essentially talked about everything that happened ac according to this source, but at the time they were just focussed to getting to january 20th, to
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essentially hand off the white house to the incoming president at the time, joe biden. and that since then president trump, former president trump has not shown any remorse to pence for putting him and his family in that situation. and according to this source that i spoke with that's just not his style. now, as for mike pence, my colleague pam brown and i are both hearing from our sources that we should not expect to see the former vice president get involved in this impeachment trial in any way, that he has been laying low essentially on purpose to sort of stay out of the picture as the impeachment trial unfolds. but in the meantime, wolf, one of the big questions that remains is whether or not trump and pence will ever patch up that relationship. it remains to be seen i think at this point. in addition to that, wolf, i will tell you talking to trump advisers vuft about this video and the case being put on by the house impeachment managers one trump adviser i spoke with earlier today said that donald trump wanted to see a show of
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force on january 6th and that's what he got. in the words of this adviser, trump likes force and he likes seeing his supporters going up there and putting on that show of force. if we're looking for any sign of remorse from the former president, i don't think we're going to see that. and as a matter of fact, what we've been seeing all day long in terms of reaction from trump advisers from the trump team down here in florida is that they've been retweeting posts on social media, videos and so on showing house democrats from time to time saying things like fight like hell as if that has any equivalent with what donald trump did on january 6th. obviously it didn't. when democrats have said fight like hell in the past, there wasn't an insurrection that followed. so obviously there's not an equivalence there. but that is the defense that they're starting to mount at this point. they're going to be pointing to other democrats and saying a-ha, see, this congressman said this year, over here about fighting like hell and so on.
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just getting no sign of remorse whatsoever from the former president about what happened. and that's something that the senate jurors are going to have to keep in mind as they deliberate, as they think about how they want to proceed and vote to acquit or convict the former president. the former president not showing any remorse for what happened on january 6th. >> he's permanently banned from twitter. so he can't be tweeting his reaction. only getting it out through other sources. stand by. jamie gangel is working her sources for us as well. you know, jamie, one of the most powerful moments was when the house impeachment manager stacey plaskett made the point that these terrorists wanted to kill, they wanted to assassinate the house speaker nancy pelosi but also they wanted to kill the vice president at that time, mike pence, because he did what he constitutionally had to do. he had to certify the electoral college results. the mob was looking for vice president pence because of his patriotism.
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the house impeachment manager stacey plaskett said. a very, very dramatic moment in this prosecution today. >> absolutely, wolf. and that's exactly what i've been hearing about from the republican sources i've been talking to up on the hill reacting to this. they thought that was compelling. they thought the democratic house managers were communicating. and they mentioned stacey plaskett particular ly and one f the things that they said was that they were really moved, shaken by that footage of vice president pence leaving the room. we've been hearing he was in a room close by. but watching him take an out. watching senator mitt romney turned around by officer goodman, those were -- the
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pictures just hit home over and over again. also something else that stacey plaskett raised which several people mentioned to me was that she talked about it being 20 years from 9/11 and she was a staffer in the capitol at that time and how every day she is thankful for the people who gave their lives on the plane that was heading for the capitol. and that really resonated with the republicans i spoke to. finally, i just want to say that all of that said, i am not hearing in anyone thinks it is likely they're going to get to 17 republicans. one-run senior person said to me, "i'd be shocked if anyone changed their mind despite all of this."
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wolf? >> it's been so powerful, so dramatic. everybody is texting me, tweeting to me. they're saying, how could they not vote to convict and disqualify? but we'll see what happens in the next few days. pamela brown is also working her sources for us. what are you hearing, pamela? >> reporter: well, just to carry on what jamie was saying, the people around trump and trump himself have been watching this play out very closely. and while they do not believe that there will be the votes to convict there is concern about swaying public opinion. what this could mean for trump politically years down the road if he wanted to run again. one source i spoke to said, well, they may not get the votes to convict and remove him, so he can't run again in 2024, but what the democrats seem to be doing here is trying to sway public opinion so that he wouldn't win if he ran again. so what we know is that trump has been very involved, watching, talking to his legal team. he has been in close touch with them since this trial began.
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and the legal team watching the videos that one source told me today was undeniably platform. as jim said earlier, though, trump has not been watching all this play out and showing remorse, from sources we've been speaking with. that is not something -- he's not watching this wishing he had said something different or handled the situation differently, didn't perpetuate the big lie and so forth. he is watching this with an eye toward his defense coming up on friday. and we know that those around trump have been trying to put together videos. they're trying to find videos of democrats and the impeachment managers say fight and so forth. and there's a new sense of urgency in trump's team as they watch this new security video that has been released just today and how chilling it is and the strong reaction you're seeing from lawmakers in response to it. there is new urgency on trump's team for their defense coming up. >> certainly is. as there should be. kaitlan collins is also working her stories for us. kaitlan, the trump lawyers yesterday did a pretty pitiful
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job. they have an enormous challenge ahead of them. they're going to have 16 hours to rebut. i have no idea what the hell they're going to say. >> and wolf, their audience is not just the senators in the room. it's also their client, the president, who is deeply unhappy after they opened those arguments yesterday, especially with that first attorney who went, bruce castor, who was making these arguments that really didn't even seem to have much of a point even if you speak to the president's allies who were listening in. and i was told that the president erupted after watching that. he was incredibly furious. he even discussed not having that attorney come back, though i should note the source who told me that said they weren't sure if president trump was serious. but the way his allies reassured him is they said yes, maybe your attorneys did not have their best day on the senate floor on the opening day but you are still headed for acquittal we believe. you heard what manu said earlier, that just because gop senators were shaken by the new videos they saw today it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to change the outcome of this. it's important for people to keep that in mind.
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that is what they are telling former president trump while he's watching all of this unfold from florida. and so of course it is raising the question of what's it going to look like when his team actually gets on the floor and how are they going to respond to something like those chilling videos that we saw today of the vice president being rushed out of the room next to his wife and his daughters. so what i'm hearing is that currently the plan is for them to come out. they're going to argue that democrats are glorifying violence by showing these videos and recreating that january the 6th riot, wolf. and they're going to make that argument while also saying they believe democrats are taking the president out of context when he spoke on the ellipse. of course that was when he told them to go to the capitol. he implied he was going to be going with them though he didn't, he came back here to the white house. because there was one line where he talked about them going patriotically and peacefully. but of course, wolf, if they only used that line the president's team would then also be selectively editing him, which is what they are accusing democrats of doing. but for right now as they are about to come back from this break, we should note, the president's team is there on the
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floor. the rest of them are in a room next door to the vice president's office outside the chamber. so they're watching all of this and they are getting ready to make their time, their chance to speak again. and of course we know president trump, former president trump is going to be watching closely. >> all right, kaitlan, thank you very much. john, kaitlan has an important point. the trump lawyer supposedly saying what the house impeachment managers are doing by showing all of this video, the violent video, they're in effect glorifying violence. >> i think they have been very candid in saying they wished they didn't have to show it and very candid in saying there's going to be some graphic scenes and if there are children in the room or anybody who would be -- that this is tough but this is how you make your case. there was an attack on the capitol. that's the issue here. did the president incite the attack on the united states government, against his own government, that could have killed his own vice president, where they were going through the halls chanting "wars nancy?" the speaker of the house nancy pelosi. so that's a silly argument. it's a silly argument. it's tough to watch the video. it's traumatic to watch the
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video. it's horrible to watch the video. however, it is critical evidence in this trial that is going forward. and again, so -- sometimes it gets hard. and this is the credibility challenge for the trump team. any defendant deserves a good legal representation. they represent a man who lied to the american people and lied to his own supporters for two months about the election, lied recklessly, lied repeatedly for two months after the election. so they start with a significant credibility problem to begin with. and now because of their client and now the managers are making a strong case. but to the point jamie was just making and kaitlan was just making about does this sway republicans, that's the question we have to watch as this goes out. we entered the trial knowing the jury was weighted against conviction. okay. the managers are making an incredibly powerful case. i think it's incumbent on all of us, especially our reporters up there, to keep asking republicans, you know, when they say, well, i don't want to vote to convict. why? why? and press them. we do know one of the reasons why is power. it's a 50-50 senate. in the 2022 midterms the republicans believe they can take back the house and take back the senate and they believe
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a constant fight with donald trump is a problem because of primary challenges, because of voter turnout, that they just want to as i said earlier put their head in the sand and hope this goes away and that they can get power in 2022 and they hope he now disappears. jim lankford, oklahoma, someone who you might think calls himself a principled conservative on the ballot in 2022. roy blunt, former house member, now a senator, member of the leadership, an institution guy. i'm sure he's horrified by what he's seeing in that video. on the ballot in missouri in 2022. doesn't want to pick a fight with donald trump. john thune, again, member of the leadership from south dakota, an institutionalist on the ballot in a big trump state in 2022. does he want to pick a fight with the president? marco rubio we talked about yesterday. todd young from mike pence's state of indiana. after listening to this today, anybody -- you would think anybody loyal to mike pence would be willing to stand up here and say wait a minute here. but again, do you want to pick that fight with donald trump? that is the power calculation they're having. this is about their own personal
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power and position in the senate much more than it is about the facts. so they are hoping that the emotion of today and the power of the presentation of today fades as they get closer to '22 and they just simply think a fight with donald trump is not good for their political future. that's what we think today. we'll watch the trial. >> we'll see what happens in the next day or two or three. we'll see how long this goes. jeff zeleny is up on capitol -- i understand the trump legal team is speaking to cnn? what are they saying? >> reporter: wolf, they are indeed. and of course the president's lawyers not surprisingly are dismissing the very emotional testimony that really has been playing out throughout the afternoon. bruce castor, one of the president's lawyers, he just said look, i did not learn anything that i did not already know. he said we know that a mob attacked the capitol on january 6th. what the prosecutors he says did not do is show that the president ordered them to be there. but he also said this. there are two sides to every coin and we have not played our side yet. but of course the defense attorney is going to say that. this is very much like any criminal trial that we've
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covered over the course of the years in this respect. the defense attorney is going to say look, wait for the other case to fall. but this is different in many respects. the fact that these jurors, the senators, are seeing what they witnessed in real time. we're also hearing now for the first time from senator mitt romney. he said he found this very disturbing and emotional and troubling as he was leaving the senate hallway on the 6th and that police officer, so heroic, that we saw so many times throughout the presentation. officer eugene goodman. he sent senator romney back the other direction. so senator romney said he wants to thank him for that. you can see the video right here now. this is just -- in the hallway of the capitol. senator romney was heading directly toward that mob of people there on the second floor of the capitol. that's the ohio hallway there. usually where press conferences are held. he turned him back around into
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the senate chamber. senator romney said he plans to thank the officer for helping him in that time of need. so certainly dramatic video. and now we're hearing from senator romney, wolf. >> yeah, we certainly are. stand by. you know, jake, i keep saying this but people in more than 200 countries and territories around the world are watching all of this unfold and they must be saying to themselves, asking themselves, how is this possible in the united states of america? >> right. and we've heard from world leaders who say that they look down, they think less of the united states because of what happened on january 6th. and as the house impeachment managers make their case we're seeing more about the interactivity of what president trump, then president trump was doing and what was going on capitol hill. i just want to show you the video, again, of then vice president pence being quickly whisked out of the capitol by
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secret service. this is video we saw for the first time today. that's vice president pence. you'll see him in a second. there he is with the white hair looking behind him. and his family. the secret service whisking him out to protect him from a mob that had been yelling "hang mike pence. hang mike pence." if you look at the time stamp, that's 2:26. 2:26 p.m. on january 6th, the day of the terrorist attack on the capitol. literally at 2:24 p.m., two minutes before that happened, donald trump, then the president, tweeted "mike pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution, giving states a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. usa demands the truth." "mike pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done." that is what trump was tweeting literally two minutes before the vice president and his family, his family, were whisked out of
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the capitol for fear that the crowd would kill them, literally would kill them. former congressman paul mitchell, republican of michigan, although he is now an independent because he's so disgusted with what's happened since january 6th, paul mitchell just tweeted, "i cannot believe that vice president pence was able to look trump in the eye after meet with him again after this event. to be honest, if not in the oval and i had been vp, i would have punched him in the face and resigned." that's a former republican congressman. >> which is a very human response. >> you might not know him that well. not really known for threatening to punch president trump in the nose before. but this is the kind of emotion that people are feeling. oh, my god, how dare you? >> exactly. and let's just also talk about what happened after that, when it became even more clear to those who weren't inside the capitol even just watching outside the capitol, the then vice president was in an
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undisclosed location. and guess how many phone calls he got from the president about his well-being. >> that day and the next day and the next day and the next day. >> nothing. nothing. >> it took like a week, right? >> absolutely nothing. which is not surprising given everything that we have just seen and heard today. yes, that was all very, very difficult to watch. that was the point. that was the whole point. that the prosecutors slash house managers. they don't want this to be easy. they want this to be real. and it's hard to watch because it was hard to live. it was hard to be a part of for all of these members of congress, the press, everybody who works in that building. and the fact that it wasn't a full-on massacre is a true miracle. >> and a testament to the capitol and metropolitan police department officers. >> absolutely. >> who risked their lives and in one case sacrificed his life. >> the other thing i find so
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fascinating about that tweet and a lot of the comments from then president trump after the insurrection started was just how much time elapsed. you know, if you were to just limit this whole impeachment thing just to did the president of the united states at that time do everything within his power to protect the united states from enemies foreign and domestic, the answer would be a clear no. at least an hour passed before he sent a tweet attacking his own vice president while he was being hunted down by rioters in the capitol. and then more time passed and he issued a video that called them patriots and said we love you and go home in peace. >> you're very special. >> you're very special. those things alone would be violations of his oath of office. to protect this country and to protect its institutions. it could have been so much worse.
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but people were maimed and gravely injured and died. so it was already bad enough. i mean, i'm old enough to remember when republicans for months and months and months held, you know, as many hearings as they could over benghazi. the benghazi attacks. >> right. >> and now so many of them want to push this down the memory hole. you just mentioned a republican responding to your tweet. another republican who voted for impeachment in the house, peter meyer, just tweeted, "i will never cease to be amazed, aggravated and infuriated by the dismissal, deflection and minimization of what occurred on january 6th." that is exactly what is happening here. >> another michigan republican. the other thing -- i just remember this because we're thinking about what's the difference between the terrorists in benghazi and the terrorists that did this. and obviously there's a whole bunch of differences. but i remember early on, maybe 2017, kellyanne conway, then the white house counselor, was on my
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show. and i asked her why it was that trump condemned muslim violence, islamist violence, but would never say a word when there was a far right-wing attacker. i think somebody in canada had just killed a bunch of muslims, an innocent -- a right-winger, white guy, had just killed a bunch of innocent muslims. and i said what's the difference? they're just as dead. innocent people just as dead. and i don't recall her really particularly having an answer. but the truth of the matter is we see here the minimization as congressman, republican congressman meyer knows, and he's a veteran. he knows from terrorism. he was in iraq and afghanistan. the minimization of this terrorism, because that's what we just witnessed in these videos, because the bad guys are white trump supporters. almost entirely white trump supporters. dana, hold that thought because i want to bring in manu raju on
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capitol hill who's talking to some of the leaders up there. and manu, you were on the hill that day. oh, my god. and i remember you being whisked away and we were all very worried about you. so i can't imagine what it's like for you to watch this. but tell us what you're hearing up there. >> reporter: well, there's actually a split emerging among the republican leaders about how they are receiving what they just saw. one republican leader, roy blunt, who is up for re-election next year, said that -- i asked him if what he saw changes his view about the fact that he's likely to acquit donald trump. he instead compared what happened in the capitol riot to what happened in the protest that we saw over the summer in seattle and in portland and he said he expects the trump team to bring that up. he said we'll wait for what they have to say. and senator john thune, who's the number two senate republican, seemed to be moved by what he saw. he praised the house impeachment managers' arguments. he said that he found it compelling and he thought it was -- he said he's going to
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listen to both sides of the argument. thune has also dismissed this, voted against the constitutionality of this trial. he thinks it's unconstitutional. but he has been alarmed increasingly throughout the process as donald trump tried to subvert the will of voters. you're seeing that split emerge. overall the sentiment from republican senators that i've been talking to, they are praising the house impeachment managers' presentation, which is much different than the 2020 impeachment trial, which broke down along party lines. a lot of republican criticism against the democrats at that point. this time overwhelmingly they are calling this riveting. several of them saying they were shaken by what -- even people like senator ron johnson, who is a close trump ally, saying he was shaken by what he saw. but like ron johnson and like many other senators, that doesn't mean they're going to change their vote. johnson himself said he doesn't blame trump for what happened, he blames trump supporters, those rioters for coming on their own accord. he does not see a link despite what we are seeing in the video evidence laid out today. so jake, even though there are
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concerns by republicans, whether it changes the vote is another question. >> let's listen to senator bill cassidy, republican of louisiana. >> is there anything you've seen so far that was especially jarring? >> there was so much. there's no one thing. there are many things. >> is there -- >> one more time? >> is there something you feel needs to be taken away -- [ inaudible ] >> again, there's so much to say that should be taken away. how does one narrow it? but you realize that there were people, insurrectionists, who attempted to affect the peaceful transfer of power. and that should give anyone who loves our republic great pause. >> that's louisiana republican senator bill cassidy. he was the only person to change their vote to vote in favor of proceeding with the trial from the original vote a week or so ago.
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and we should point out a couple things about senator cassidy. one, he was just re-elected. so he doesn't have to worry about re-election for another six years. and two, the republican party of louisiana issued a statement condemning him for that vote because the gop institutionally is all about protecting donald trump even though he's no longer president and not about a search for truth or facts. but dana, i want to get your feedback about the what aboutism we heard from senator roy blunt, who started talking about the violence that all of us condemn from antifa and other groups that we've seen in portland and seattle and saying -- i don't even know the relevance of that in particular. he could bring up the basque separatists for all i know. but the idea that that is something that he wants to talk about. >> he's on the ballot in two years. and the split that manu was just talking about and that we just heard live from bill cassidy,
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who as you aptly pointed out just won re-election, unfortunately is falling on those lines. who is going to face voters sooner than others? when -- i know this is going to sign pollyanna, and it shouldn't, i shouldn't think like this because i've covered politics for a long time. but the fact that these elected officials are still thinking about their own political future and not as jurors and as human beings after listening to that and obviously experiencing what they did on january 6th just blows my mind. especially when you think about the fact that their fealty continues to be not to never mind america and never mind the republican party -- >> or conservative principles. >> or conservative principles. but to one man. and it's becoming a cult as opposed to a political party. and i just want to add one thing
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to that, toy think help paint the picture of just how far afield and far adrift the republicans have gone. imagine if in those hallways it wasn't -- never mind a confederate flag or a trump flag that those people were holding but an isis flag. it could have been possible. and that's to your point earlier about the fact that there has been widespread condemnation, rightly so, for attacks on benghazi, for 9/11, for others. but when it comes to domestic attacks in the name of a person it's largely silence -- >> we're going to come back to the hearing. the trial. let's listen in. >> distinguished members of the senate. managers cicilline and castro will now remind us of what president trump was doing during the attack. they will show how he continued to stoke the insurrection and refused to speak out against the
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violence or do anything to stop it. mr. cicilline. >> mr. president, distinguished senators, you just heard from my colleagues about the harrowing events that happened here at the capitol on january 6th and saw that very disturbing video. i'd now like to turn your attention to what was happening on the other end of pennsylvania avenue at the white house. and the truth is, the facts are that on january 6th donald trump did not once condemn this attack. he did not once condemn the
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attackers. in fact, on january 6th the only person he condemned was his own vice president, mike pence, who was hiding in this building with his family in fear for his life. in the first crucial hours of this violent attack he did nothing to stop it, nothing to help us. by all accounts from the people that were around him he was delighted. and here is the last thing donald trump said that day. and you might remember this from my motions presentation earlier in the week. at 6:00 p.m. on january 6th, after all the destruction that you just saw, the capitol police and the national guard fighting to secure this building, here's what donald trump tweeted.
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"these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long. go home with love and in peace. remember this day forever." he got what he incited. and according to donald trump, we got what we deserved. donald trump's incitement of this insurrection including his dereliction of his duty as commander in chief to defend the capitol and the people in it, his complete refusal to condemn the attack while it was going on and his continued incitement of the violence during the attack require impeachment. now, let's turn to then president trump's conduct that day. i want to start at the beginning when he addressed his thousands of great patriots, as he called
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them that morning. around noon donald trump began speaking at his rally just down pennsylvania avenue. even before donald trump finished speaking his supporters began to walk down toward the capitol, and they were already starting to chant "stop the steal, storm the capitol, invade the capitol, fight for trump." and by 12:53 p.m. they had violently forced their way through the barricades here at the capitol. now, about 1:00 that day, with this chaos just starting, speaker pelosi as the constitution requires formally commenced the process by which this chamber certifies the election results. within ten minutes, at 1:11 p.m., as if almost on cue, donald trump concluded his speech with his final reminder to the thousands gathered there
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that it was time to go to the capitol. let's watch. >> and we're going to the capitol. and we're going to try and give -- but we're going to try and give our republicans, the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help, we're going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. so let's walk down pennsylvania avenue. i want to thank you all. god bless you and god bless america. thank you all for being here. this is incredible. thank you very much. >> now, you've seen what happened when these supporters, following his orders, arrived here at the capitol. but i want to look at what happened next. you'll recall during the speech president trump said "we're going to the capitol," sort of suggesting he was going to go
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with this crowd. of course that was not true. but here's what he said. >> now it is up to congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. and after this we're going to walk down, and i'll be there with you, we're going to walk down, we're going to walk down any one you want but i think right here. we're going to walk down to the capitol! >> this of course was not true. he did not go with them to the capitol. he left and went back to the white house. and while he was en route to the white house, violence really began to grow here at the capitol. and within minutes of donald trump's speech ending there were significant reports of escalating violence that began to surface. buildings around the capitol were starting to be evacuated. and by 1:15 an explosive device
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had been found at the dnc. a pipe bomb had been found at the rnc about 15 minutes earlier. the house sergeant at arms had called for immediate assistance. at 1:34 p.m. the mayor of washington, d.c. called for additional national guard troops. i won't go through all of the details of the violence that unfolded here. you just saw that. but as we walk through what our commander in chief did that day, i want to be very clear about exactly what was happening here at the same time. for 40 minutes, while buildings were being cleared, pipe bombs were being found, his supporters were literally breaching the perimeter of the capitol and overwhelming law enforcement and you saw the violence that was occurring, we heard nothing from the president of the united
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states. we didn't hear anything from donald trump until 1:49 p.m. while all of this is unfolding president trump sent out a tweet. this was the first thing he did when he learned the united states capitol with all the members of congress, his own vice president, was under violent attack. and what was that tweet? nearly an hour after the rioters breached the capitol perimeter, at 1:49, donald trump released a propaganda reel of his save america speech that he'd given an hour before. i want to be clear. the events i just described, the rioters are breaching the capitol, attacking law enforcement. the violence is being broadcast all over the television for the whole world to see including the
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president of the united states. and i want to show you, this is what is happening right before donald trump sends that video out again and as he does it. >> our country has had enough. we will not take it anymore. and that's what this is all about. and to use a favorite term that all of you people really came up with, we will stop the steal. because you'll never take back our country with weakness. you have to show strength and you have to be strong. >> even if president trump claims he didn't know the extent of the violence that would follow his speech, it was now happening in plain view, broadcast on television. his supporters were attacking law enforcement. the mayor and the police chief were calling for help. members of congress and the vice president were inside, scared
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for their lives. and he doesn't send help. doesn't try to stop it. doesn't even acknowledge the attack. instead our commander in chief tweeted the video of the speech that he'd given before that included language like "our country has had enough. we will not take it anymore. and that's what this is all about. you have to be strong." those around donald trump, as was later reported, were disgusted. his close aides, his advisers, those working for him, former officials, even his family were begging him to do something. kellyanne conway, the president's close adviser, called to, quote, add her name to the chorus of aides urging donald trump to take action. ivanka trump, the president's own daughter, went to the oval office as soon as the rioting
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escalated and as was confirmed by senator graham, "trying to get trump to speak out to tell everyone to leave," end quote. minority leader kevin mccarthy called jared kushner, pleading with him to persuade trump to issue a statement or to do something. and kushner too went down to the white house after that call. and it wasn't just the people at the white house. members of congress from both parties who were trapped here were calling the white house to ask for help. some members even appealed directly to donald trump. these members who had, quote, been loyal trump supporters and were even willing to vote against the electoral college results were now scared for their lives. minority leader kevin mccarthy repeatedly even got into a screaming match as the attack was under way, demanding that
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trump do something, issue a statement denouncing the mob. i imagine many of you sitting here today picked up your phone and tried to reach somebody at the white house to ask for help. this wasn't partisan politics. these were americans from all sides trying to force our commander in chief to protect and defend our country. he was required to do that. now, the extent of how many people tried to reach the president to get him to act is not known. but what is clear, what we know without any doubt is that from the very beginning the people around donald trump lobbied him to take command. what's also clear is what donald trump, our commander in chief, did in those initial hours to protect us. nothing. not a thing. he knew it was happening.
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the attack was on tv. we all know that president trump had the power to stop these attacks. he was our commander in chief. he had the power to assess the security situation, send backup, send help. he also had incited this violent attack. they were listening to him. he could have commanded them to leave. but he didn't. the first critical hour and a half of this bloody attack donald trump tweeted his rally speech and did nothing else. and we know why. we know his state of mind that prompted his utter, complete refusal to defend us. it was reported by those around him. the president, as reported by sources, at the time was delighted. as he watched the violence
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unfold on television, president trump was reportedly, and i quote, borderline enthusiastic because it meant the certification was being derailed, end quote. senator ben sasse related a conversation with senior white house officials that president trump was, quote, walking around the white house confused about why other people on his team weren't as excited as he was, end quote. trump's reaction to this attack reportedly, genuinely freaked people out. i understand why. we just suffered a very serious attack, attack on our country. and we saw it and the people around him knew it. but when donald trump saw it he was delighted. now, what president trump did next confirms why he was so delighted, why he wanted this, because it shows that his singular focus that day, the day
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we were attacked, was not protecting us, was not protecting you, was not protecting the capitol. it was stopping the certification of the election results. the evidence is clear. shortly after 2:00 p.m. as the siege was fully under way then president trump made a call. this is the first call that we are aware he made to anyone inside the capitol during the attack. didn't call the vice president to ask how he could help defend the capitol. didn't call the next two in line to succession to the presidency to check on their safety or well-being. instead he attempted to call senator tuberville. he dialed senator lee by accident. senator lee describes it, he had just ended a prayer with his colleagues here in the senate chamber and the phone rang. it was donald trump. and how senator lee explains it is that the phone call goes something like this.
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hey, tommy, trump asks, and senator lee says, this isn't tommy. and he hands the phone to senator tuberville. senator lee then confirmed that he stood by as senator tuberville and president trump spoke on the phone and on that call donald trump reportedly asked senator tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process. that's why he called. let's be clear. at roughly 2:00 p.m. when donald trump was walking around the white house watching the tv delighted and spent five to ten minutes talking to senator tuberville urging him to delay the election results, this is what was happening in the capitol. [ yelling ] >> we'll pause.
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thank you. [ yelling ] >> you saw senator lankford stop speaking, leave the floor quickly in that clip, because the insurgents had broken through the barricades and had entered the building. and as these armed insurrectionists banged on the doors members of congress were told to put on their gas masks, to put bags over their heads for safety and prepare to evacuate. and donald trump was calling to ask a senator to delay the certification process. let that sink in. donald trump didn't get to finish that call, was cut off because the senators had to move to another location for your
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security. and thank god they did because as the call was occurring the rioters got closer to the senate chambers. and as we all know now, but for the heroism of capitol police officer eugene goodman and other law enforcement officers who took them in a different direction to the police line, they very likely would have gotten here. think about that. armed insurrectionists, guns, weapons, zip ties, brass knuckles. they were coming for us. they were inside the united states capitol, trying to stop the certification process. the police were outnumbered. and but for the grace of god they would have gotten us. all of us. and our commander in chief makes a call about an hour after the siege began, not to preserve, protect and defend you and our country and the capitol but to
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join forces with the mob and pressure a senator to stop certification. we just can't get numb to this kind of behavior. there can be no doubt as to the purpose of donald trump's call. that he was not calling to assess the security threats or to check on the well-being of you or anyone else. indeed, later on that evening while all of the destruction and damage still continued, dozens of officers were being treated for serious injuries, deaths were confirmed, about 7:00 p.m. the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, made a call. and just in case you don't think there was some coordination, he also called senator lee's phone trying to reach senator tuberville. we don't have to guess as to what rudy giuliani said in that voicemail because we have it recorded. so let's listen to what the president's personal lawyer said
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on the night of this attack. >> senator tuberville? or i should say coach tuberville. this is rudy giuliani, the president's lawyer. i'm calling you because i want to discuss with you how they're trying to rush this hearing and how we need you, our republican friends, to try to just slow it down. >> this was the singular focus of donald trump during this violent bloody attack on the capitol. stopping the certification. look, as i mentioned, i was a trial lawyer for 16 years. sometimes you have to ask a jury to use reasonable inferences to piece together a defendant's state of mind. we don't have to do this here. while our country was violently attacked by an armed mob, president trump not only refused to stop the attack or even address the attack at all, he
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made clear his focus was the same goal of the attackers he had incited. to stop the certification process and prevent the peaceful transition of power. the only action we know that he took an hour into this attack was to call senator tuberville to ask him to delay the certification. this is as clear evidence as i have ever seen of what donald trump really cared about that day. look, the certification process, as we all know, includes debate and objections. some of us disagreed. but we came here on january 6th to formally administer the certification process pursuant to our constitutional duties. and at the end of it congress certified the results to ensure that we continue to be a country with leaders who are elected by the people for the people.
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donald trump's objection to the certification are not on trial. but what is on trial is while we were under armed attack and being evacuated, while our law enforcement officers were fighting for their lives, our commander in chief was but to continue to pressure senators and stop the certification process and the peaceful transfer of power. just as he incited the mob to do earlier in the day. this was a breath-taking dereliction of his duty and his violation of his oath as our commander in chief. senators, before i hand this over to manager castro to walk through the rest of the day, please let me make one final point. these attackers stood right where you are.
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they went on that rostrum. they rifled through your desks and desecrated this place. and, literally, the president sat delighted, doing nothing to help us. calling one of you, to pressure you to stop the certification. it can't be that the commander in chief can incite a lawless, bloody insurrection and then utterly fail in his duty as commander in chief to defend us from the attack, to defend our law enforcements from that attack and just get away with it. donald trump abdicated his duty to us all. we have to make this right, and you can make it right.
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my fellow manager, david cicilline showed you what donald trump did and did not do. he called a senator to ask him to delay the certification, as the senator was being evacuated for his own safety. we left off around 2:15 p.m. at this point, insurgents were inside the senate and the house, and the senate had been evacuated for everyone's safety. and, as you saw, vice president mike pence and his family even
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had to be evacuated for their safety. now, you'll recall donald trump had made vice president pence a target. he attacked the vice president at the rallies, in speeches and on twitter. and during president trump's speech that morning of the attack, he ramped it up again, after privately pressuring mike pence in front of thousands in the crowd, he called mike pence out 11 times, including saying, quote, mike pence, i hope you're going to stand up for the good of our constitution and for the good of your country. and if you're not, i'm going to be disappointed in you. i will tell you right now. and this was the crowd's response to donald trump's days of relentless attacks on his own
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vice president. [ crowd chants "hang mike pence" ] >> by 2:15 p.m., the crowd was chanting in unison "hang mike pence," outside the very building he had been evacuated from with his family. now, even if president trump didn't know that his inflammatory remarks about his vice president would result in chants of "hang mike pence," by 2:15 p.m., he surely knew. the attack was all over television. they were doing this out in the open. this was a vice president whose
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life, whose family's life was being threatened by people whom the president had summoned to the capitol. and what did president trump do in response? did he stop? did he tell his base, no, don't attack my vice president? even when president trump knew what his words were causing, he didn't do any of those things to stop the crowd. in fact, he did the opposite. he fueled the fire. at 2:24 p.m., he tweeted, quote, mike pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution. usa demands the truth. over an hour and a half into the attack, and this is what he
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tweeted. and he still, even at this point, did not acknowledge the attack on the capitol, let alone condemn it. instead, he further incites the mob against his own vice president, whose life was being thr threatened. while some of you may say, well, who was paying attention anyway? that mob was paying attention. >> mike pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done and protect our country and our constitution. giving states a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not fraudulent or inaccurate ones, which they were asked to previously certify. u.s. demands the truth.
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[ crowd chants ] >> can i speak to pelosi? yeah. we're coming, bitch. mike pence, we're coming for you, too, traitor. >> donald j. trump said that mike pence let us down. mike pence let us down, people. if you want to get something done, you're going to have to do it yourself. >> the insurgents amplified president trump's tweet, attacking the vice president with a bullhorn. they were paying attention. and they also followed instructions. in fact, the insurgents were, at
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one point, as you saw, 60 feet away from the vice president and the vice president's family. some of these insurgents were heard saying, quote, that they hoped to find vice president mike pence and execute him, by hanging him from a capitol hill tree as a traitor. and then they erected a gallows with a noose. this is what donald trump incited. please, take a close look at that picture. it harkens back to our nation's worst history of lynching.
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a president's words have the power to move people to action. these were the results. and why did the president incite such rage against the vice president? he was fulfilling his constitutional duty, as we all were that day. vice presidents in this country have been carrying out this constitutional duty, overseeing the certification of the election results, without incident, without contest, without a word for the entirety of our nation. it's part of our peaceful transition of power in the united states. and the vice president said he reviewed the constitution and he could not block certification as president trump wanted him and was pressuring him to do. he told the president in a letter that morning, a few hours
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before president trump's tweet, quote, i will approach this moment with a sense of duty and an open mind, setting politics and personal interests aside, and do my part to faithfully dischargeduties, our duties under the constitution. i also pray that we will do so with humility and faith. and the president's response to that statement was to attack mike pence while he was with his family under the threat of a violent mob. the vice president was following his faith, his duty and his oath to our nation. and the vice president and i don't agree on too much in politics, but he is a man who upholds his oath, his faith, his duty and, most of


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