President Biden said he thinks the new unseen security camera footage from the Capitol attack on Jan. 6 that House impeachment managers showed during their opening argument may have changed “some minds” on whether to convict former President Trump.
“I, like other Americans, watched the news. I didn’t watch any of the hearing live because I was going straight through last night until a little after nine,” Biden said in response when asked about the developments of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Oval Office.
“I think the Senate has a very important job to complete, and my guess is some minds may have been changed. But I don’t know,” he added.
On Wednesday, House impeachment managers began showing Senators who are serving as juries unreleased security footage of lawmakers evacuating the Capitol as the rioters were breaching into the building and began marching their way up to where both the House and Senate chambers are located. In one footage, it was literally a close call for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as the heroic Police officer Eugene Goodman who diverted the heavy mob of insurrectionists away from the Senate chamber, warning the Utah Senator just moments before to turn around and run for safety. Other footages showed former Vice President Mike Pence along with Second Lady Karen Pence and one of their daughter evacuating the Senate chambers.
On the first day of the impeachment trial that kicked off on Tuesday, Biden told reporters that he “has a job” and isn’t planning to watch the televised impeachment trial of Trump.
“Are you going to watch the trial?” Biden was asked by a reporter during a meeting with CEO business leaders.
“I am not,” Biden replied.
“Look, I told you before that I have a job. My job is to keep people… We have already lost over 450,000 people, and we could lose a whole lot more if we don’t act and act decisively and quickly.”
“That’s my job,” Biden added. “The Senate has their job, and they are about to begin it, and I am sure they are going to conduct themselves well. That’s all I am going to have to say about impeachment.”
Biden has supported the idea of impeaching the former President, but has largely avoided stating his views about how the impeachment trial should proceed or revealed outright if Trump should be barred from holding future office.
“Look, I ran like hell to defeat him because I thought he was unfit to be president. I’ve watched what everybody else watched what happened when that crew invaded the United States Congress. But I’m not in the Senate now. I’ll let the Senate make that decision,” Biden told CBS News in his first interview as president that aired before the Super Bowl.