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Feb. 10 updates for impeachment trial Day 2: House Democrats present evidence in Senate

House impeachment managers showed new security footage of the violence at the Capitol riot during second day of trial.
Image: Illustration shows former President Donald Trump collaged with paper cut outs of Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell with red strips reading \"high crimes\" and other phrases.
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House Democrats showed "chilling" new video and security footage Wednesday during the second day of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Audio of police dispatchers and video of the violence from Jan. 6, some of which had not previously been released publicly, detailed a nearly minute-by-minute account of what happened once the Capitol was breached by a mob. In the new security video, congressional staffers can be seen running for their lives and barricading themselves inside offices to escape the rioting mob.

Before that, House managers used particularly incendiary tweets from Trump, going as far back as July, to make their case of how he incited the riot at the Capitol.

The Senate voted to proceed with the trial on Tuesday after hearing about four hours of debate on the constitutionality of impeaching a former federal official. Trump was impeached for the second time last month for his role in the riot at the Capitol.

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Graham blames Capitol Police for not killing more rioters

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of former President Donald Trump, told reporters that he believes "there's more votes for acquittal after today than there was yesterday."

"Because hypocrisy is pretty large for these people, standing up to, you know, rioters when they came to my house, Susan Collins' house, I think this is a very hypocritical presentation by the House," he claimed.

He also blamed Capitol Police officers for not having killed more rioters.

"I got mad. I mean, these police officers had every right to use deadly force. They should have used it," he said. "The people in charge of securing the Capitol let the country down."

House managers focus on Trump's failure to act once riot was underway

Returning from break, the House managers focused their argument on Trump's failure to act while the riot was ongoing.

Rep. Cicilline began by detailing the president's actions as the riot was underway, citing his tweets promoting his rally speech and attacking Pence as the Capitol was under attack as well as reports that said the president was watching the proceedings on TV.

Cicilline then asked the senators a rhetorical question: What was Trump doing to help them as Democrats and Republicans reached out to him and the White House seeking assistance?

"Nothing," Cicilline said. "Not a thing."

Cicilline mentioned the president's attempt to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., to get him to issue additional objections to the electoral college vote count as the riot was underway. He then contrasted that with footage of what was going on in and around the Capitol at that time.

House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump mentioned his hours-long delay in seeking to stop the riot as influential in their vote.

Inside the chamber, senators react to new evidence of how much danger they faced on Jan. 6

Senators were rattled Wednesday as Democratic impeachment managers gave them new details of how close the violent mob of Trump's supporters came to finding them on Jan. 6.

As Rep. Swalwell played not-seen-before footage of how close the rioters came to the Senate chamber, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sat expressionless but attentive, hands folded on his lap. Majority Leader Schumer had a hand on his forehead.

The chamber was in absolute silence as Swalwell showed the moment of Ashli Babbitt's death. There was longer silence of about 10 seconds when he showed new security footage of how close the rioters came to the Senate chamber — and asked them to imagine if they had breached the chamber just minutes earlier.

Some of the six Republicans who voted in favor of the constitutionality of the Senate trial were sitting next to each other — Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

As Swalwell showed evidence that Schumer had a "near-miss with the mob," the New York Democrat nodded in agreement.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, watched, attentive but nonreactive, as he watched the video captured by a reporter for the New Yorker of a rioter invoking Cruz's name to justify ransacking the Senate.

Murkowski: 'Don't see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency again'

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that the evidence presented by House managers was disturbing and they "made a very strong case."

"The evidence that has been presented thus far is very damming," she told reporters. "I don't see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency again."

The Alaska Republican, however, said she is keeping an open mind as Trump's defense prepares to respond. 

She said what the House managers have presented made her "sad," as she had to relive the violent riot "with a more comprehensive timeline" of Trump's rhetoric fueling the anger of his supporters. 

Schumer: 'I don't think many of us feel like eating dinner' after viewing new video

In a brief statement during the dinner recess, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that senators may have lost their appetites after viewing the video from Jan. 6. 

"I don't think many of us feel like eating dinner," Schumer told reporters. 

He said that he hopes his GOP colleagues keep open minds and that the House managers presented an "overwhelmingly compelling case" against Trump on Wednesday. 

Sen. King relays one unnamed GOP senator's emotional reaction to videos

Sen. Thune says House managers' arguments against Trump are 'very, very compelling'

Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said after viewing the new video from Jan. 6 that the case presented by the House impeachment managers is "very compelling" and suggested that he's not ruling out voting to convict former President Donald Trump.

The managers had a "strong, strong presentation, put together in a way that I think makes it very compelling," Thune told reporters. 

Asked whether the presentations had any impact on what he thinks about the trial so far, Thune said, "I said all along I was going to listen to the arguments and look at the evidence, and I'm doing that."

Thune said the managers were "very, very effective," and when he was asked whether he sees the connection between Trump's actions and the violence of Jan. 6, he said, "They've done a good job connecting the dots."

Romney reacts to new footage showing him hurrying away from rioters

Romney told reporters during the intermission that he did not know how close he was to the mob on Jan 6. as he walked down a hallway before a Capitol Hill police officer waved him in the other direction.

He added that he did not know at the time the officer who waved him down a different hallway was Eugene Goodman, who has been hailed as a hero for his actions during the riot.

Romney said he looks "forward to thanking him when I next see him," adding that he was "very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction."

Earlier Wednesday, House managers showed security camera footage of Goodman rushing down a hallway and waving Romney in the other direction. Romney turned around and hurried away.

Sen. Rick Scott after viewing brutal new videos: 'This is a complete waste of time'

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., told reporters after viewing the explicit videos of the attack on the Capitol the Senate trial is a "complete waste of time."

"I'm disgusted that, you know, people think that they can do things like that and get away with it. I hope everybody that came into the Capitol and did the wrong thing gets prosecuted to the full extent of law," Scott said. 

Asked if he thinks Trump bears any responsibility for the attack, Scott said, "Look, I've been clear that that I wish the president had said something faster when they broke into it, but, you know, I've watched what he said. He's never said when somebody should break in — [he] actually said that people should do this peacefully."

"This is a complete waste of time," he continued. "It's not doing anything to help American families, it's not helping people get jobs, it's not helping get the vaccine out ... it's vindictive."

Trial breaks for 45 minutes

The impeachment trial has recessed until 6:15 p.m. ET with about three hours remaining on Wednesday's proceedings.