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Home managers present a compelling case in opposition to Donald Trump on opening day of his Senate trial


All through the day, the Home staff merged footage that’s grow to be all too aware of photos taken from safety cameras and police physique cameras that had not beforehand been seen by the general public. The end result was essentially the most chilling and full view of the occasions on Jan. 6 that has been seen to this point. By means of using alternating pictures from inside and out of doors the chambers of Congress, the managers revealed simply how shut the insurgents got here to laying their arms on Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, and different members of Congress. 

Along with the movies, the staff used a mannequin of the Capitol that highlighted areas of the rioters and their targets. The mixture was extraordinarily efficient, and maybe by no means extra so than within the section delivered by Virgin Islands Delegate Stacey Plaskett.

Additionally impactful in retelling the moments of that day had been slides and audio recordings from the Capitol Police and Metro D.C. Police. Of their statements and voices there was an terrible sense of terror and a recognition that their positions had grow to be indefensible. 

Slide showing police communications.

If there was some other second that carried the identical degree of affect as Plaskett’s presentation of actions because the seditionists entered the Capitol, it was possible the presentation break up between Rep. Joaquin Castro and Rep. David Cicilline that detailed Trump’s response to the invasion and violence. Not solely did this embody studies of Trump’s “delight” and “pleasure,” it made extraordinarily clear his inaction over a interval of hours when he may need moved to assist.

However regardless of what number of requests Trump acquired from inside or outdoors the White Home, Trump was content material to observe his supporters looking Mike Pence and members of Congress. 

Conversation between Kevin McCarthy and the White House.

On the very finish of the day, because the Home managers had been transferring to shut their case, Republican Sen. Mike Lee rose to object, saying that some portion of the presentation had misquoted him. The motion induced a disruption. Partially that’s as a result of senators usually are not allowed to object to statements of truth throughout this a part of the presentation, but it surely was much more complicated as a result of the one time Lee was talked about throughout the entire day was in connection to a cellphone name from Trump by which Lee’s whole assertion was simply letting Trump know that he was not Sen. Tommy Tuberville. 

If something, Lee’s objection solely served to attract extra consideration to that decision. And that decision is a crucial a part of one a part of the case—displaying Trump’s degree of wicked indifference. As a result of in feedback that night, Tuberville made it clear that he advised Trump in the course of the cellphone name that Pence had simply been taken from the chamber. When Trump hung up from that decision, what Trump did wasn’t to get assist, however to tweet about Pence. 


Utilizing the mannequin and break up display, Rep. Castro had already pointed out that Trump’s tweet about Pence got here simply as the gang was chanting “Hold Mike Pence.” That crowd learn the tweet in actual time, with one particular person even blaring it out on a bullhorn. And, as Rep. Plaskett’s presentation confirmed, insurgents had been at that second passing inside a couple of ft of Pence as he escaped the constructing.

That second was already probably the most impactful of the day. Lee’s objection solely served to underline its significance.