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Arraignment briefing: recounting the riot

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  • Impeachment officials described a vivid timeline of the past several months, describing Mr. Trump’s efforts to delegitimize the election before it even happened and recounting the events of January 6 in complex and often painful detail .

  • The presentation relied on extensive video footage, most of which had never been shown publicly before, from Capitol Hill security cameras and police body cameras.

  • The videos and audio highlighted the brutality of the rioters’ actions and showed several moments when they came closer to hurting lawmakers than previously known.

  • The images and the detailed timeline were meant to reinforce the central argument of impeachment officials: that Mr. Trump laid the groundwork to delegitimize the election so that his supporters are ready to fight the results if he loses. The Capitol riot, they said, was the intended and foreseeable result of his actions.

  • Coming tomorrow: Charging officials will continue their presentation, for which they are entitled to a total of 16 hours.

Those responsible for the arraignment presented numerous previously unreleased video and audio clips. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A crowd chanting the death of Vice President Mike Pence inside the Capitol came very close to reaching him. At one point, a group approached within 100 feet of the room where Mr. Pence and his family were taking refuge.

  • Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who became famous for deflecting rioters in the Senate Chamber, also protected Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. A video clip showed Agent Goodman sprinting down a hallway and diverting Mr. Romney from an approaching group of rioters. Mr. Romney then burst into a race.

  • Minutes before the rioters entered President Nancy Pelosi’s office, a group of Ms. Pelosi’s employees barricaded themselves in a room. The new footage showed a rioter throwing himself against the door and smashing it, only to be blocked by a second interior door. Inside the room, the beatings were easily audible when a member of staff whispered to police on the phone.

  • Richard Barnett, the rioter previously pictured with his feet on Ms Pelosi’s desk, carried a powerful stun gun in his belt, as shown in a photo shown by impeachment officials.

  • The managers released several audio clips of police officers saying they had been overwhelmed and withdrawing and told their superiors – fear evident in their voices – how serious the situation was. “Give me DSO here now!” shouted an officer, using an abbreviation to call for backup. “DSO! Multiple injuries to the police! DSO, get in here!

The exhaustive timeline of those responsible for the impeachment was a powerful tactic. As Charlie Savage, a Times correspondent in Washington, put it in our live chat today, House officials seemed to “tell a story in chapters”:

  • The first chapter detailed how Mr. Trump tricked his supporters into believing the election was stolen and summoned them to Washington for January 6, when Congress would certify the electoral college votes. Mr. Trump “put together the tinder, the kindling, thrown on logs for fuel,” said Representative Eric Swalwell of California. “That way, President Trump was ready, if he lost the election, to ignite the game.”

  • Chapter Two pieced together the events of the riot on Capitol Hill, using vivid, heart-breaking maps, graphics and videos and audio that made it clear just how endangered lawmakers and police were. “It was a crowd sent by the President of the United States to stop the certification of an election,” delegate Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands told the Senate. “President Trump put a target on their backs, and his mob stormed into the Capitol to hunt them down.”

  • Chapter Three shifted the stage to the White House and what Trump was doing – and, most relevantly, not doing, such as condemning and meaningfully trying to stop the riot. “These were Americans of all stripes trying to force our Commander-in-Chief to protect and defend our country,” said Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island. “What we know without a doubt is that from the start people around Donald Trump pressured him to take command. What is also clear is what Donald Trump, our Commander-in-Chief, did in those early hours to protect us. Nothing. Not a thing.

It is not yet known whether the visceral images tipped the Republican votes. But even if Mr. Trump is acquitted, Charlie noted, “there is real value in the efforts of the directors of the House to bring together all the disparate pieces that went into this presentation for the sake of history.

  • Mr Trump was furious at the sinuous performances of his defense attorneys during the first day of the impeachment trial, according to two people briefed on his reaction.

  • Georgia prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s attempts to overturn the state’s election results, including a phone call in which he pressured the Secretary of State to “find »More votes.

  • Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader was caught on a live microphone claiming the Capitol Riot was a hoax.

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