House impeachment managers show security video from inside the Capitol

On the second day of the Senate impeachment trial, House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett showed newly-released security footage from inside the Capitol as the mob of Trump supporters stormed the building on January 6 and officials including Vice President Mike Pence were hurriedly evacuated. CAUTION: This video includes explicit language and violence.

Video Transcript

STACEY PLASKETT: Note, as the video begins, we are seeing the inside view as the mob approaches from outside and beats the windows and doors. You can see that the rioter first break the window with the wooden beam that you 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 Pezzola, who was recently indicted on federal conspiracy charges, we will discuss later. Can watch where they're 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 lives to stop the plane that was 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, 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 PM, 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 chamber.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Protesters are in the building.

JAMES LANKFORD: Thank you.

STACEY PLASKETT: 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-- watched-- breached the Capitol. In this video, we can see the 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.

[INDISTINCT SHOUTING AND CLATTERING]

- USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

[INDISTINCT SHOUTING AND CLATTERING CONTINUES]

- You work for us!

- Where they meeting at?

[INDISTINCT YELLING]

- These people have no weapons! These people have no weapons! These people have no weapons! We have no fucking weapons!

- Back up!

- Hey we're here for you!

- Back up!

[INDISTINCT YELLING]

STACEY PLASKETT: 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 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. And watch how officer Goodman provokes the rioters and purposefully draws them away from the door to the Senate chamber and towards 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 PM 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.

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 breaking 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 coordinated online and discussed how they could hunt down the vice president.

Journalists in the Capitol reported they heard rioters say they were looking for Pence in order to execute him. Trump's 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.

[SECURITY ALARM BEEPING]

- (RIOTERS YELLING IN UNISON) Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!

STACEY PLASKETT: This wasn't an isolated area or incident where that was being told, where that was being said. It was going on everywhere. Here's 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.

- Bring out Pence.

- Bring him out.

STACEY PLASKETT: 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.