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1. GRAPHIC NEW DETAILS ON THE INSURRECTION: House Democratic impeachment managers presented previously unseen footage on Wednesday that illustrates the Capitol insurrection in even sharper relief. It also shows close insurrectionists came to the very officials they chanted about killing.
What we learned: Just “58 steps away” Rep. Eric Swalwell of California estimated the distance between fleeing senators and the mob. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah was spared thanks to the quick thinking of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman. Vice President Pence was shown being hurried down a hallway by his security detail after rioters breached the Capitol. His quick exit occurred just minutes after Trump had attacked him again on Twitter. Pleas of overwhelmed officers begging for backup were heard on previously unreleased audio.
“This is clear: On January 6th, President Trump left everyone in this Capitol for dead,” Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas said toward the end of eight hours of arguments, per The Washington Post.
Watch the videos for yourself: We’ll add the same caveat as the impeachment managers did, the footage can be graphic and disturbing.
The reactions: “I’m angry. I’m disturbed. I’m sad,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told reporters, adding “I don’t see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency again.” Romney said of his close call “It tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes.” Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma reportedly got teary-eyed and was comforted by a fellow Republican senator.
Once again, it’s unclear if this really changes anything: