New evidence was introduced at the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Wednesday — never-before-seen video and audio recordings of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to bring the violence they say the former president incited to horrifying life.
The disturbing security and police body camera video and radio transmissions showed that the violence that led to the deaths of five people and injured over 100 police officers could have been much worse.
Here’s a look at some of the new evidence the Democratic House managers introduced.
Security camera video
Included in the new security camera video was a clip that showed dozens of rioters entering through broken windows and overwhelming the lone Capitol Police officer who tried to fend them off.
Other security video showed rioters attacking a group of Washington police officers guarding the building with a hockey stick, a Trump flag and other items. The House managers then played harrowing video of the same assault from one of the officers’ body cameras, showing the rioters punching, kicking and swinging objects at police. Another video showed Vice President Mike Pence being rushed to safety.
Another showed staffers for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., scrambling into a conference room, where they barricaded themselves behind two doors minutes before the mob entered the hallway looking for their boss.
A person broke through one of the doors, but rioters were unable to get through the second.
One of the House managers, Delegate Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, then played audio of a frightened Pelosi staffer calling Capitol Police for help. “They’re pounding on doors trying to find her,” the staffer whispered so he wouldn’t be heard by the mob outside the door.
House member’s personal video
Members of the House were also frightened. Another of the House managers, Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., played video taken during the attack by Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., in which members were being advised to remove the pins identifying them as members of Congress so they wouldn’t be targeted.
Swalwell also played security video of senators experiencing near-misses with the mob.
The closest call appeared to involve Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who was shown going down a hallway with his security detail, only to quickly turn around and begin running in the opposite direction.
Swalwell played video showing a number of senators leaving the Senate chamber and, later, running through a hallway to safety. Swalwell said the senators were “58 steps” from where the mob was amassing at the time.
The video of Schumer echoed an earlier security camera clip of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman rushing down a hallway and signaling to Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, that he needed to turn around and go down a different path. Romney quickly turned around and began to hurry away.
“I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction,” Romney told reporters.
Police radio transmissions
Several radio transmissions played at the trial showed that officers were badly outnumbered by protesters.
“We need some reinforcements up here now. They’re starting to pull the gates down. They’re throwing metal poles at us,” a Washington police officer said in one radio call.
“Multiple Capitol injuries! Multiple Capitol injuries!” an officer can be heard yelling in another.
“This is now effectively a riot,” an officer said in another call at 1:49 p.m. ET.