Trump's second impeachment trial: Day 2

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Melissa Mahtani and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:41 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021
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7:24 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

Chilling video shows Pelosi staffers hiding as rioters try to break down the door

Impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett presented chilling video that showed staffers rushing out of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office as the mob made their way inside the Capitol.

She described how they "feared for their lives" as rioters broke into Pelosi's office and her staff were were ushered into a conference room. In the video they could be seen whispering as rioters started to break down the door as they hunted for Pelosi.

Here's how Plaskett explained it:

"As you can see here, the staff moves from the offices into the halls and enters a door on the right-hand side. That's the outer door of a conference room, which also has an inner door that they barricaded with furniture. The staff then hid under a conference room table in that inner room. This is the last staffer going in and then barricading themselves inside of the inner office. After just seven minutes of them barricading themselves and the last staffer entering the door on the right, a group of rioters enter the hallway outside. And once inside, the rioters have free reign in the speaker of the House's offices. In this security video, pay attention to the door that we saw those staffers leading into and going into. One of the rioters, you can see, is throwing his body against the door three times until he breaks open that outer door. Luckily, when faced with the inner door, he moves on. Another rioter later tried, unsuccessfully, to break through that inner door. At this point, the mob had already broken into the speaker's formal conference room that is in the back of the hall at the top of the video."

She also played an audio recording "of the speaker's staff with the rioters at the door that day."

"You can hear the terror in their voice, as they describe what's happening to them, as they are barricaded in that conference room. Please listen carefully, because the staffer is whispering into a phone as he hides from the rioters that are outside the door," she said.

"You can hear the pounding in the background as that staffer is speaking," Plaskett continued. "One of those staffers explained later they could hear the mob going through her offices, breaking down the door and yelling "Where are you, Nancy?" The mob also pillaged and vandalized the speaker's office and documented their crimes on social media. They stole objects, desecrated the office of the speaker of the house of representatives of the United States. As you can see in these photos, rioters broke down a door. They also shattered a mirror."

Plakett's presentation is part of 16 hours of arguments House impeachment managers are making today to demonstrate the extent of the violence that occurred on Jan. 6 and the threat the rioters posed to everyone in the Capitol.

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6:52 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

The man seen in viral photograph at Pelosi's desk was carrying a 950,000 volt stun gun

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

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House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett revealed today that the the man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk on Jan. 6 was carrying a 950,000 volt "stun gun walking stick."

"The weapon could have caused serious pain and incapacitated anyone Barnett had used it against," said Plaskett, displaying a zoomed in photograph of the device, tucked into his pants.

Plaskett said the FBI had later identified the device from the photo.

Richard Barnett, who left a note for Pelosi, later appeared on social media to brag about desecrating Pelosi's office. Plaskett also showed a photo of Barnett's note during her presentation. The note read: "We will not back down."

Barnett, a resident of Alabama, has been charged with knowingly entering and remaining in restricted building ground without authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and the theft of public property, officials said early last month.

He was also charged in connection with the pipe bomb found on the south side of the Capitol building, 11 Molotov cocktails and military-style weapon found in his pickup truck. 

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5:03 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

Capitol rioter appears in court at the same time House managers present a video of him

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz and Marshall Cohen

At the same time as House managers were presenting video of Dominic Pezzola, an alleged member of the Proud Boys, storming the Capitol, Pezzola was before a magistrate judge in DC District Court who was considering a Justice Department request to keep him detained as he awaits trial. 

The Democratic lawmakers highlighted his role as one of the first people to breach the Capitol. They showed video of him smashing a window, which allowed dozens of rioters to rush into the building. In addition to showing widely shared social media footage from outside the Capitol, the Democratic managers played never-before-seen security camera footage depicting the breach of the window from inside the building.

In court, prosecutor Erik Kenerson tip-toed around calling him a Proud Boy, without saying the group's name specifically, and instead described him becoming a "leader" of an effort to overtake a pedestrian walkway in or near the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Kenerson also described how Pezzola "was not some solitary actor" who came to DC — alleging he may have planned and coordinated with others to stop the certification of Joe Biden's presidential win, even meeting up with some the morning of the pro-Trump rally.

Kenerson said also "the defendant's group" discussed a return to DC after Jan. 6 and was interested in "fomenting rebellion," a phrase used in another prior court filing seeking to keep a Proud Boy leader from Washington state detained.

Pezzola's lawyer said he does not have a long history with the Proud Boys and is not a threat to public safety.

The judge has not yet decided if Pezzola will stay in jail.

4:53 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

GOP sources say managers' evidence is clearly targeting Senate Republicans

From CNN's Jamie Gangel

Evidence presented today was clearly targeted for Senate Republicans, including video of a crowd chanting "Destroy the GOP" and mentions of "relentless attacks on Mike Pence," GOP sources said.

Two senior Republican Capitol Hill sources gave very different reactions to how GOP members are likely to vote that reflects the division in the party, but also the political realities.

"I'll be shocked if anyone changed their vote from yesterday," one said.

Another said: "I cannot imagine how any senator sits and listens to this and votes against conviction."

A former GOP Senate staffer believes that the GOP senators are either scared of Trump's base or were a party to what happened, and will never vote to convict. 

"What I’ve heard from senate friends is similar — that lots of their bosses would love to vote against him but don’t want the fallout. Most of the folks at the lower level will grouse about it in the office, but it’s something that the top two-three aides will ultimately advise on, and they tend to be more cognizant of the political winds in the state.

"So each time the state Republican parties put out a statement bashing a senator, it really dampens any desire to buck the party," the GOP Senate staff said.

One senior GOP former administration official questioned how anyone can vote to acquit.

"How anybody could vote to acquit after watching that yesterday is just beyond," the official said.

6:48 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

House manager says Capitol footage shows rioters wanted to "execute" Pence

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New security footage showed how then-Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated on Jan. 6 as rioters breached the Capitol, looking for him.

"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," Stacey Plaskett, a House impeachment manager, said while presenting a series of new videos.

The security footage shows Pence and his family quickly moving down the stairs. The vice president turns around briefly in the video. During the same time frame, rioters were spreading throughout the building, Plaskett said.

"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," she said.

In one video shown, the crowd can be heard chanting "hang Mike Pence" as they stood in the open door of the Capitol building. A photo showed a gallow outside on the lawn.

"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," Plaskett said.

"They were talking about assassinating the Vice President of the United States," she added during her arguments.

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6:02 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

Footage shows moment Eugene Goodman diverted a senator from the rioter's path

From CNN's Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb and Lauren Fox

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House impeachment managers are showing new Capitol security footage in their presentation today to demonstrate the extent of the violence that occurred on Jan. 6 and the threat the rioters posed to everyone in the Capitol.

"There is some very graphic, violent footage coming," lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin said before the footage start

Capitol officer Eugene Goodman directs Sen. Mitt Romney out of the path of the rioters.
Capitol officer Eugene Goodman directs Sen. Mitt Romney out of the path of the rioters. Senate TV

Footage from one of the Capitol's interior security cameras showed Capitol officer Eugene Goodman direct Sen. Mitt Romney out of the path of the rioters. Videos from other security cameras showed the moment the rioters broke into the building.

Senior aides on the House impeachment team told reporters earlier today that the footage would be used as part of a compelling presentation that shows a view of the “extreme violence” at the Capitol on Jan. 6, as the managers argue that the rioters were incited by former President Trump.

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7:02 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

The surprising majority on impeachment

Analysis from CNN's Harry Enten

Every so often a poll result comes across that seems to make no sense; yet, it continues to show up. We see one of those when it comes to the Senate impeachment trial.

If the Senate were to convict Trump (highly unlikely), another vote could be taken to bar him from holding federal office in the future. This second step is more drastic than mere conviction, and you would think would have less support.

But as I noted on Sunday, barring Trump from office actually has more support. A Monmouth University poll taken in late January found that 57% of Americans favored barring Trump from future office, while 52% favored the Senate convicting Trump in the Senate trial. Of course, the Senate would likely need to convict first to have him barred from office. 

So what exactly is going on here? As FiveThirtyEight’s Laura Bronner has pointed out, a disproportionate share of the voters who favor barring Trump from office but not Senate conviction are Republicans. In the Monmouth poll, for example, banning Trump is 8 points more popular among Republicans than convicting him is among them.

Perhaps some of these Republicans think that barring Trump from holding office is actually less of a punishment than being convicted.

It could also be that some people, particularly Republicans, think the impeachment trial shouldn’t be occurring, but they really don’t want Trump to run again in 2024.

4:38 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

House impeachment managers reveal dramatic new audio from Capitol riot 

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

Impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett revealed dramatic new audio of communications among law enforcement officers as rioters moved toward the Capitol building on Jan. 6 as former Vice President Mike Pence was presiding in the US Senate chamber. 

"You have a group of about 50 charging up the hill on the west front, north of the stairs. They're approaching the wall now," said a law enforcement, advised a dispatcher. 

"They're starting to dismantle the reviewing stand," and officer can be heard, "They're throwing metal poles at us."

"Multiple law enforcement injuries," reports another officer.

"We just had explosions go on up here, I don't know if they're fireworks or what, but they're starting to throw explosives, fireworks material," another officer can be heard saying.

The radio communication from the Metropolitan Police Department had not been made public until today, Plaskett said before unveiling the audio.

6:41 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

Impeachment managers are laying out a timeline of the Capitol riot. Here's a reminder of how the day unfolded.

From CNN’s Ted Barrett, Manu Raju and Peter Nickeas

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Supporters of former President Trump breached the US Capitol on Jan. 6, engulfing the building in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes to certify President Joe Biden's win.

Five people died as a result of the riot, including a woman who was fatally shot by police and three people who died of apparent medical emergencies.

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett is going over the timeline of events now on the Senate floor.

Here's how key events unfolded throughout the day at the Capitol:

  • At 1:10 p.m. ET, while Congress began the process of affirming then-President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win, Trump encouraged his supporters to protest at the US Capitol. Despite promising he would join them, Trump retreated to the White House in his SUV and watched on television as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill.
  • Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers "traitors" for doing their jobs.
  • About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked. Shortly after, the House floor was evacuated by police. Then-Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes.
  • An armed standoff took place at the House front door as of 3 p.m. ET, and police officers had their guns drawn at someone who was trying to breach it. A Trump supporter was also pictured standing at the Senate dais earlier in the afternoon.
  • The Senate floor was cleared of rioters as of 3:30 p.m. ET, and an officer told CNN that they had successfully squeezed them away from the Senate wing of the building and towards the Rotunda, and they were removing them out of the East and West doors of the Capitol.
  • The US Capitol Police worked to secure the second floor of the Capitol first, and were seen just before 5 p.m. ET pushing demonstrators off the steps on the east side of the building. 
  • With about 30 minutes to go before Washington, DC's 6 p.m. ET curfew, Washington police amassed in a long line to push the mob back from the Capitol grounds. It took until roughly 5:40 p.m. ET for the building to once again be secured, according to the sergeant-at-arms.
  • Lawmakers began returning to the Capitol after the building was secured and made it clear that they intended to resume their intended business — namely, confirming Biden's win over Trump by counting the votes in the Electoral College.
  • Proceedings resumed at about 8 p.m. ET with Pence — who never left the Capitol, according to his press secretary — bringing the Senate session back into order.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement earlier on the evening of Jan. 6 that congressional leadership wanted to continue with the joint session that night.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor that the "United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats."

It took until deep in the early hours of Thursday morning (Jan. 7), but Congress eventually counted and certified Biden's election win.

See the full timeline of events here.