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.