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House impeachment managers showed dramatic security videos of the Capitol insurrection at former President Trump's trial. Kris Van Cleave has the latest.

Video Transcript

NORAH O'DONNELL: Good evening, and thank you for joining us. We are going to begin tonight with that breaking news, that chilling new video of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. The footage including the moment when Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated by the Secret Service comes from the building surveillance cameras. It shows rioters smashing windows and attempting to break down the office doors where Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff was hiding.

And Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman telling Senator Mitt Romney to turn around and run the other way, possibly saving his life. House managers revealed the new images for the first time today as evidence in former President Trump's second impeachment trial. Democrats used the new video, along with the former president's own words, playing his speeches and showing his tweets as evidence that Mr. Trump was the inciter-in-chief, spending months falsely arguing the election was fraudulent before calling on his supporters to violently stop Congress from counting the electoral college votes.

We have a lot of new reporting tonight for you and your family. And our team is standing by. CBS's Kris Van Cleave is going to lead off our coverage tonight from the US Capitol, where it has been a dramatic and emotional day. Good evening, Kris.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Norah, tears ran down the face of a Capitol Police officer inside the Senate chamber as some of those videos played. The senators sat in silence, focused on the monitors. Senator Mitt Romney said after, the violence tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes.

- Forceful Capitol entry! Forceful Capitol entry!

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Tonight, dramatic new security camera video from inside the US Capitol, as an angry mob breaks in. Some of the images deemed so disturbing, impeachment managers warned it may not be suitable for children to even watch. And outside the Capitol, police were being overrun.

- We need-- yeah, we're surrounded!

MADELEINE DEAN: And used our flag, the American flag, to batter and to bludgeon.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: This new video shows officer Eugene Goodman rushing to respond and directing Senator Mitt Romney to run for safety away from the rioters. Moments later, Goodman would lead an angry mob away from the unguarded Senate door.

Here, Vice President Mike Pence and his family evacuate, as the crowd hunting him and Speaker Nancy Pelosi closed in. Pence's military aid can be seen following him down the stairs with the nuclear football.

And you can hear the mob calling for the death of the vice president.

- Oh, Nancy! Nancy! Where are you, Nancy?

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: And this chilling audio from a Pelosi staffer hiding from rioters behind a barricaded door.

- (WHISPERING) We need Capitol Police, I think, come into the hallway.

STACEY PLASKETT: President Trump put a target on their backs, and his mob broke into the Capitol to hunt them down.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: But the House Democrats case starts months before that dark January day, using former President Donald Trump's words and tweets to argue the attack on the Capitol was the inevitable outcome of a strategy dubbed "the big lie" that the election was stolen.

DONALD TRUMP: Make no mistake, this election was stolen from you, from me, and from the country.

JAMIE RASKIN: The evidence will show you that he assembled, inflamed, and incited his followers to descend upon the Capitol to stop the steal.

JOE NEGUSE: The president had every reason to know that this would happen, because he assembled the mob, he summoned the mob, and he incited the mob.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Impeachment managers argued the former president spent months essentially brainwashing--

DONALD TRUMP: We will never give up. We will never concede. Stop the steal.


KRIS VAN CLEAVE: --indoctrinating--

DONALD TRUMP: We're going to fight like hell.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: --and ultimately weaponizing his supporters.

ERIC SWALWELL: And when they were primed and angry and ready to fight, he escalated and channeled their rage with a call to arms. Fight like hell.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: And applying public pressure on elected officials, like Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, to change the outcome of the election.

DONALD TRUMP: I just want to find 11,780 votes.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: That January 2nd call by the former president is now the subject of a criminal investigation. Democrats repeatedly point to the former president's comments the morning of January 6.

DONALD TRUMP: And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore.

TED LIEU: President Donald J. Trump ran out of nonviolent options to maintain power.

JAMIE RASKIN: Donald Trump surrendered his role as commander-in-chief and became the inciter-in-chief of a dangerous insurrection.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Impeachment managers really tried to bring this home to each senator. Remember, they need 17 Republicans to vote to convict, telling them the rioters got within 58 feet of the senators as they were evacuating the chamber, showing video of the evacuation. The only thing between the senators and those rioters, a line of Capitol Police. Norah.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Those heroic Capitol Police. Kris Van Cleave, thank you.