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.
Read the latest updates below:
Brief chaos as Sen. Lee demands a retraction; ends with Senate adjourning for the day
The House managers made a small retraction amid a protest from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who said that Democrats had misrepresented a call Trump made to him seeking to speak with Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., amid the Capitol riot.
Lee said he wanted a segment from Rep. Cicilline's presentation about that phone call to be struck from the record, which led to brief chaos in the Senate chamber as Democrats and Republicans tried to figure out how to proceed. The situation was resolved after Raskin, the lead House manager, offered to give a brief statement clarifying the earlier remarks.
"The impeachment manager correctly and accurately quoted a newspaper account," Raskin said of the comments and CNN article in question. "We're happy to withdraw it on the grounds that it is not true. We're going to withdraw it this evening."
He added the ordeal was "much ado about nothing because it doesn't matter to our case."
Lee apparently took issue with how Cicilline described his role in the Trump/Tuberville phone call amid the riot, though he did not explain what was factually inaccurate about the remarks.
As both CNN and The Deseret News reported, Trump accidentally called Lee as he sought to speak with Tuberville, with CNN reporting that Trump sought to speak with the freshman Alabama senator about issuing further objections to the Electoral College vote count. Lee's office had confirmed to CNN that the phone call happened.
With that, the Senate wrapped for Wednesday. The trial will Thursday at noon.
Castro details timeline of Trump's public messaging during riot
Castro highlights GOP allies begging Trump to intervene
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."