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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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.

4:12 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

The Senate is back in session after a short break

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The Senate is back in session after their second break of the day.

House impeachment managers are continuing their arguments and are expected to show new evidence as part of their case against former President Trump.

You can read up on the day's proceedings so far here.

4:54 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

Gloria Borger: New evidence took Trump from "just another demagogue to actually being an insurrectionist"

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

Following the first portion of Wednesday's impeachment trial proceedings, CNN political analyst Gloria Borger offered her reaction to new evidence, noting that the trial revelations further implicate former President Trump in the Jan. 6 riot on the US Capitol.

"This was the piece of the presentation that took Donald Trump from being just another demagogue to actually being an insurrectionist," Borger said in reference to new details.

The House impeachment managers "took you up to the point of the demonstration where he became an insurrectionist, by introducing new evidence," said Borger, sharing that "the original permit for the rally did not allow them to march to the Capitol until — as they pointed out — the White House got involved."

Another compelling portion of Wednesday's proceedings, Borger said, was a detail connecting the January riot to an October incident on a Texas highway.

"Also, the person who was involved in that bus that drove Biden/Harris staffers off the road, was a key participant in the Jan. 6th attack," she adds. "We know that then- President Trump tweeted in support of that."

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4:08 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

Former Trump administration official says "there is far less stomach to defend him"

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

One of the biggest differences in the second impeachment trial of former President Trump: The utter silence from his allies, amid damning allegations from House prosecutors.

A year ago, the White House and the Republican National Committee had a war room, sending out a flurry of rebuttals, defending Trump in real time.

Today, there is silence.

The Republican National Committee is doing very little to defend Trump in real-time. The White House war room is no more. And even GOP senators would rather talk about anything but the substance at hand.

“There is far less stomach to defend him,” a former Trump White House official tells CNN. “Everyone is exhausted, embarrassed and ready for this to be over.”

This doesn’t, of course, mean there is suddenly a groundswell among Republicans to vote to convict him. But the lack of defense today is striking, compared to a year ago.

A top Republican staffer on Capitol Hill said most senators “have little appetite” for defending Trump. Discussions about defending him in real time never materialized, underscoring that this impeachment is more personal and painful than the last one.

3:47 p.m. ET, February 10, 2021

The Senate has paused for a break

The Senate is in a short break until 4 p.m. ET.

House impeachment managers will continue their arguments and will show evidence in the case against former President Trump when they return. Read up on today's proceedings here.