Trump impeachment trial – Scary new Capitol riot vid shows how close senators came to mob who 'wanted to KILL Pence'

NEVER-seen-before Capitol riot video was unveiled on Wednesday – showing how close the mob "who wanted to kill Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi" came to US senators and the former vice president.

One video showed the mob approaching windows and quickly overwhelming the officers trying to stop them.

Other footage showed rioters chanting "bring out Pence" and "hang Mike Pence."

Pence was seen leaving the Capitol building alongside his family as chaos ensued on January 6.

Images revealed the moments the Secret Service members led the former VP to safety.

He remained locked down with his family during the attack.

Shocking footage also showed a protester yelling out for Nancy Pelosi before they ransacked her office.

Dispatch audio was also played, showing an officer saying: "Multiple Capitol injuries… They're starting to dismantle the reviewing stand. They're throwing metal poles at us."

Trump’s impeachment trial was today told Capitol rioters would have killed Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi if they’d had the chance.

Prosecutors were forced to warn parents and teachers to be careful about what kids watched as they showed shocking footage of the riot bloodshed.

Dems have been accused of “preying on the horror” of the riot and glorifying the violence by playing gruesome footage "for bloodsport."

Leading up the to Trump's defense team's presentations on the second day of Trump's second impeachment trial, Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr summarized his legal team's strategy.

Speaking exclusively with Fox News on Wednesday, Castor said: "We will argue that the entire proceeding is unconstitutional, bad public policy, and is setting a bad precedent for the nation.

"We will argue that every person in the United States is entitled to due process of law, even if it is the president of the United States. And the president of the United States during the House impeachment was afforded no due process of law."

Fox News' Jason Miller reportedly said Trump was in a "great" mood on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the report, the former president thinks his defense team can prove the impeachment managers wrong and admitted: "There are a few things we need to tighten up."

He said the First Amendment would be discussed, as well as "what it is that the president said and the context in which he said it."

Never-seen-before Capitol riot footage showing how close the mob came to senators is set to be shown on day two of the proceedings.

Yesterday, Trump’s legal team argued the trial is an “unconstitutional and illegal” attempt from Dems to silence their political rival.

When Joe Biden's White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked whether the president would be watching the impeachment trial, she said he was not.

"Joe Biden is the president, he’s not a pundit, he’s not going to opine on back and forth arguments."

Criminal complaints were used by Democrat House managers to show rioters were "following the president's orders” and wanted to kill Pence and Pelosi.

Joseph D. Neguse, who spoke second during the Wednesday hearing and referred to court documents, said: "They would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance!"

"We were looking for Nancy Pelosi to shoot her in the friggin' brain," a protester who went inside the Capitol said, court documents shown by Neguse revealed.

Prosecutors urged on Wednesday they had evidence that the former president was the "inciter in chief" of violent Capitol riots.

As Rep. Jamie Ben Raskin began speaking, he revealed the evidence shown today will reveal "that ex president trump was no innocent bystander."

He also warned about the videos to be played in Wednesday's hearing as some language and photographs shown could be considered inappropriate for a younger audience.

"Because the insurrection brought shocking violence, bloodshed, and pain in the nation's capitol – We will be showing relevant clips of the mob's attack," he said.

"We do urge parents and teachers to exercise close review of what young people are watching here."

What is the timeline for Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday, February 10?

  • The trial will begin at 12pm Eastern Time
  • Trump's former counsel and House impeachment managers will each get a maximum of 16 hours to present their case, after the Senate's vote passed on Tuesday
  • The rules are that a single day's presentation cannot be more than eight hours. Each side is only allowed a total of two days to demonstrate their case
  • Senators will have a total of four hours to question either side after presentations are done
  • Next, if witnesses are called on by the House impeachment managers another four hours of debate will follow – leading to a vote
  • Trump's former counsel and House impeachment managers will make closing arguments.
  • Lastly, the Article of Impeachment will be voted on by the Senate

Raskin also insisted about the evidence shown: "It will show Donald Trump surrendered his role as commander in chief… and this was, as one of our colleagues put it so cogently on January 6 itself, the greatest betrayal of the presidential oath in the history of the United States.

"The evidence will show you that he saw it coming and was not remotely surprised by the violence.

"We will prove the president was no innocent bystander – but he incited this attack and he saw it coming," he added. "To us it may have felt like chaos and madness, but there was method to the madness that day."

He concluded by quoting an African American police officer who protected the US Capitol on January 6.

Repeating "is this America?," Raskin recounted when a Black police officer questioned: "What the f***, man? Is this America? What the f*** just happened? I'm so sick and tired of this s***.

Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, one of the impeachment managers who spoke in the latter half of the second hearing, condemned Trump's use of the phrase "fight like hell."

She said: "These are not only words of aggression, these are words of insurrection."

Rep Dean explained: "Because the truth is, this attack never would have happened but for Donald Trump. And so they came, draped in Trump's flag.

"And used our flag, the American flag to batter and to bludgeon."

She recalled the frightening moment the House Chamber doors were banged on, adding: "For the first time in more than 200 years, the seat of our government was ransacked on our watch."

Meanwhile, Elise Marie Stefanik – the US representative for New York – denounced Dems for "once again abusing their favorite constitutional clause – the Article of Impeachment – as a political weapon against President Trump."

In a Fox News Op-Ed, published as the Impeachment Managers spoke, she labeled their second round as divisive, hypocritical, and unconstitutional.

Sophomore Colorado Democrat Neguse began with addressing Trump's alleged strategy of incitement: "The Big Lie: The Election Was Stolen," "Stop The Steal," and "Fight Like Hell To Stop The Steal."

Neguse played videos of President urging: "We will never, ever surrender" and "will fight like hell."

"He didn't just tell them to fight like hell – he told them how, when, and where," Neguse said, blaming the former president for assembling the mob, summoning the mob, and inciting the mob."

However, hypocrisy appears to surround the Impeachment managers' slamming of Trump for his "fight like hell" commentary.

Back in 2019, Eric Michael Swalwell told CNN's Don Lemon: "I will fight like hell to make sure we see this report.Whether it's organizing again, whether it's using my lungs, whether it's outmaneuvering with our minds."

"The American people are going to see this report," he added, referring to the Robert Mueller report.

The fourth person to present was Swalwell, the US Representative for California who may have been targeted by suspected Chinese honey trap spy Christine Fang.

Swalwell recounted Trump's past Twitter posts and criticized him for "continuing to spread the big lie that his election was stolen."

"Instead of accepting the results or pursuing legitimate claims, he told his base more lies. He doused the flames with kerosene," Swalwell said.

"And this wasn't just some random guy at the neighborhood bar blowing off steam. This was our commander in chief."

As Swalwell claimed Wednesday that Trump incited the January 6 violence, he said: "And when they were primed and angry and ready to fight, he escalated and channeled their rage with a call to arms – Show up on January 6, at the exact time the votes of the American people were being counted and certified, and then march to the Capitol and 'fight like hell.'"

Impeachment Manager Stacey Plaskett spoke later on, and dubbed the Capitol riot as "the bloodiest attack on this capitol since 1814," claiming the violence "was foreseeable."

Plaskett recounted when Donald Trump did not clearly condemn white supremacist groups in the first election debate.

The third to speak, Texas Representative Joaquin Castro, slammed Trump for "spreading lies."

Castro said the former president "truly made his base believe the only way he could lose [the 2020 presidential election] was if the election was rigged."

Prior to the hearing, it was revealed that surveillance footage from the US Capitol – which has not been seen by the public – will be played.

Wednesday's testimony will "provide new insight into the extreme violence that everyone suffered – and really shows the extent of what Trump unleashed on the Capitol," a House aide reportedly told journalists.

"We have the goods. Yesterday was our dry constitutional argument day," the aides told reporters, according to NBC News.

"Today, the actual trial begins. We have the goods, we will be presenting the goods.

"We will be tying the evidence all together in a compelling case that will make it clear for everyone — Democrats, Republicans, everyone — that Donald Trump committed the most heinous constitutional crime possible."

Timeline for the impeachment procedure

Jan. 11: Article of Impeachment – The House introduces one article against Trump accusing him of inciting the Capitol riot.

Jan 13: Impeachment Vote – The House passes the article, impeaching Trump for the second time.

Jan. 25: Delivery to the Senate – Article of impeachment was delivered to Senate.

Jan. 26: Motion to Dismiss – The Senate voted narrowly to move forward with the trial with only five Republican Senators voting in favour of it.

Feb. 9: The Trial – The Senate voted to proceed with the trial after a debate on whether a former president can be tried.

Next – 'Speedy' trial is set to play out over the rest of this week through to Sunday, February 14

Oral Arguments – House prosecutors and Trump’s defense team each have 16 hours over two days to present their arguments.

Senator Questions – Members of the Senate have up to four hours to quiz both the prosecution and the defense.

Witnesses and Documents – If the prosecution requests witnesses, the Senate will debate on whether to subpoena people and documents.

Closing Arguments – Both sides have up to four hours to present their closing statements

Senate Vote – Two thirds of Senators need to vote against Trump to convict him

Trump’s second impeachment trial is moving forward after a 56-44 Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon – but acquittal appears certain. 

Only six Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting in favor of proceeding with the trial, a sign that it is likely doomed.

In order to convict ex-President Trump, 17 Republican senators would need to vote with Democrats.

Trump’s lawyers, David Schoen and Bruce Castor, argued that the whole proceeding was unconstitutional and did not follow due process. 

Trump's legal team blasted the "unconstitutional and illegal" hearing, saying that Democrats wanted to silence their political rival.

During the trial, Schoen showed a video compilation of Democrats calling for Trump’s impeachment since the start of his presidency.

The clips showed various Democrats urging for Trump's impeachment – including Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Elizabeth Warren.

Prior to showing the video compilation, Schoen said: "The denial of due process in this case of course starts with the House of Representatives.

"In this unprecedented snap impeachment process… It is a function of the insatiable lust for impeachment in the House for the past four years, consider this."

The billionaire's lawyers, who laid out their case over four hours, said there is no legal justification to hold an impeachment trial for a president who has left office. 

Bruce L Castor, who was third to speak during Tuesday's hearing, dubbed the Capitol riots as unacceptable and insisted: "You will not hear any member of the team representing former President Trump say anything but in the strongest possible way denounce the violence of the rioters."

Castor firmly stated that anyone who chooses to "commit lawless acts as a result of their beliefs should be locked up" and asserted "the political pendulum will shift one day and partisan impeachments will become common."

Schoen called the Democratic impeachment managers' constitutionality theory "radical" and "unprecedented" and said it could put future elected officials at risk of impeachment long after their terms are over.

He said: "They're willing to sacrifice our national character to advance their hatred and their fear that one day, they might not be the party in power."

However, senators agreed with House managers that the Senate must hold the trial because Trump was impeached before his time in the White House was up.

Meanwhile, reports have claimed Trump is "beyond angry" with his impeachment defense team’s "shoddy Tuesday performance" as Republicans have called for the lawyer's removal.

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