House Managers To Show Unseen Capitol Security Footage During Opening Arguments

House impeachment managers will show never-before-seen Capitol security footage in their presentation Wednesday as evidence to show the threat the rioters posed to everyone in the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a senior aide on the House impeachment team.

The aides told reporters that the footage would be used as part of a compelling presentation that shows a view of the “extreme violence” at the Capitol on January 6 that has not been seen previously, as the managers argue that the rioters were incited by former President Donald Trump.

They declined to say specifically what the new footage entails, or whether it came from footage from Capitol Police or the Metropolitan Police Department.

The managers plan to argue Wednesday that the riots were not just the result of Trump’s speech on January 6, but were the culmination of Trump’s conduct over several months about the election being stolen that built toward the speech that day. The aide would not confirm whether House managers are considering calling witnesses, which they will have the option to seek after the two sides present and senators ask written questions to the legal teams.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised Tuesday that House impeachment managers will present some “new” evidence as the Senate begins proceedings for Trump’s second impeachment trial. He also urged his Republican colleagues in particular to pay careful and real attention to the evidence.

“I believe the managers will present a very strong case,” Schumer said during a press conference ahead of the trial. “The evidence will be powerful. The evidence, some of it will be new.”

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