Whispered, panicked calls from terrified staff members barricaded in an office. Violent scenes of smashed windows and kicked-open doors. Frenzied audio between Capitol Police officers.
On the second day of the impeachment trial, the House impeachment managers showed senators previously unseen Capitol security footage, offering a chilling portrait of the violence unleashed by the pro-Trump mob at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The new evidence was introduced by Delegate Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, who crafted a methodical narrative of the day, marking each new video with a time stamp. Representative Eric Swalwell, Democrat of California, continued the presentation.
As she began, Ms. Plaskett recalled the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and reports that a plane that was heading for the Capitol.
“Almost every day, I remember that 44 Americans gave their lives to stop the plane that was headed to this Capitol building,” said Ms. Plaskett, who was working as an aide at the time. “I thank them every day for saving my life and the life of so many others. Those Americans sacrificed their lives for love of country, honor, duty, all the things that America means. The Capitol stands because of people like that.”
As each new video and audio clip was introduced, a map of the Capitol remained at the bottom corner of the screen, where a red dot traced the progress of the rioters in the building as more violent images flickered across the screen.
In one scene, Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, was walking through a corridor where he encountered Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer, who appeared to warn him of the rioters’ progress. Mr. Romney broke into a run.
Security footage from inside the Capitol showed the mob first smashing through windows to breach the building, before turning to other doors to break them open from the inside, as rioters flooded in. Ms. Plaskett recalled the threats the rioters publicly made against the lives of Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Vice President Mike Pence.
“They were talking about assassinating the vice president of the United States,” Ms. Plaskett said. She added that Mr. Pence and his family never left the Capitol during the siege.
After playing scenes of lawmakers and their staff scrambling to safety, Ms. Plaskett played audio of terrified staff members from Ms. Pelosi’s office, who were barricaded in a room.
“We need the Capitol Police to come into the hallway,” said one, whispering into a phone in hopes that the rioters outside would not hear.
Mr. Swalwell introduced perhaps the most gruesome video, depicting the moment that Ashli Babbitt, one of the rioters, was killed, warning viewers before he played the clip that it would be graphic.
As the impeachment managers played videos and never-before-heard recordings of radio communications from Capitol Police on Jan. 6, senators from both parties sat in rapt silence. Many strained for a better view. In the back row on the Democratic side, Senators Mark Warner of Virginia and Michael Bennet of Colorado stood up to watch. Mr. Warner paced behind his.
On the Republican side, senators showed little emotion but were paying close attention. Many turned their heads from the video screens only to take notes.