'Dad, I don't want to come back to the Capitol'

The Senate on Tuesday began Trump's historic second impeachment trial, on a charge that he incited the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Raskin, the Democratic congressman leading the prosecution, told the assembled senators - serving as jurors - that Trump was responsible for the assault on the Capitol.

"This cannot be the future of America," said Raskin. "We cannot have presidents inciting and mobilizing mob violence against our government."

Video Transcript

ADAM RASKIN: This trial is personal indeed for every senator, for every member of the House, every manager, all of our staff, the Capitol Police, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police, the National Guard, maintenance and custodial crews, the print journalists and TV people who were here, and all of our families and friends. My youngest daughter, Tabitha, was there with me on Wednesday, January 6. It was the day after we buried her brother, our son Tommy, the saddest day of our lives. They wanted to be together with me in the middle of a devastating week for our family.

And I told them I had to go back to work, because we were counting electoral votes that day, on January 6. It was our constitutional duty. And I invited them instead to come with me to witness this historic event, the peaceful transfer of power in America.

And they said they heard that President Trump was calling on his followers to come to Washington to protest. And they asked me directly, would it be safe? Would it be safe? And I told them, of course it should be safe. This is the Capitol.

And when they were finally rescued over an hour later by Capitol officers and we were together, I hugged them and I apologized. And I told my daughter Tabitha-- I told her how sorry I was, and I promised her that it would not be like this again the next time she came back to the Capitol with me. And you know what she said? She said, Dad, I don't want to come back to the Capitol.

Of all the terrible, brutal things I saw and I heard on that day and since then, that one hit me the hardest, that and watching someone use an American flagpole, with the flag still on it, to spear and pummel one of our police officers ruthlessly, mercilessly. Tortured by a pole with a flag on it that he was defending with his very life.

People died that day. Officers ended up with head damage and brain damage. People's eyes were gouged. An officer had a heart attack. An officer lost three fingers that day. Two officers have taken their own lives.

Senators, this cannot be our future. This cannot be the future of America. We cannot have presidents inciting and mobilizing mob violence against our government and our institutions because they refuse to accept the will of the people under the Constitution of the United States.