New recordings showed the storming of Congress during the impeachment proceedings of former US President Donald Trump in the Senate.
Senators heard audio recordings of policemen confronting supporters of Trump who stormed the Capitol building last month.
Senate Democrats are presenting evidence in hopes of indicting Trump for incitement of disobedience in his trial.
They say that he made his desire to remain in office, despite losing the elections, above the constitution and the democratic process.
The former president’s lawyers say he bears no responsibility for the January 6 congressional attack /Last January, there were deaths.
Democrats at the Senate session said that last month’s events were not the result of a single speech from Trump, but of weeks of unfounded allegations of election fraud.
They described Trump as the “main instigator” of the storming of Congress.
In emotional testimonies at times during the hearing, trial administrators systematically compiled scenes of violence.
And previously unreleased security camera footage showed how close rioters were to US lawmakers.
The policemen were seen inside frustrated and driving the politicians away to protect them, and sometimes they made their way to the rooms of the building a few meters away from the rioters.
In a terrified audio recording, security officials were heard asking for support.
And the Democratic delegate, Stacy Blasket, recounted the situation minute by minute and spoke of the angry crowds and the violence that took place, hours after the campaigns promoting allegations of election fraud.
Plaskett, who provided evidence in the case, said the former president had “deliberately encouraged” violence and “targeted certain people,” including prominent personalities, including his deputy, Mike Pence.
Also, for the first time, recorded audio messages from police radios and video clips from security cameras were detected in the building, and Blasket explained that violent incidents were spread everywhere in the building.
A video clip shows Republican Senator Mitt Romney, turning around and running around the Capitol lobby as Trump supporters storm, while a police officer warns him that the intruders are approaching the scene.
It was clear how close Trump supporters were to members of Congress after their storming of the Capitol.
It stormed the Capitol on January 6, after thousands gathered to support false allegations of widespread fraud in the November presidential election.
Trump refused to acknowledge losing the presidential race to Democratic rival Joe Biden, and repeated unfounded allegations of fraud.
Five people, including a Capitol police officer, were killed during the storming of Congress.
Trump’s lawyers will present their defense in the case later this week, but have already argued that the trial against Trump was “politically motivated and unconstitutional.”
To convict Trump requires the approval of a two-thirds majority in the Senate, which is currently split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, and Trump will likely not be indicted because a majority of Republican senators do not yet support it.
If convicted, he could be prevented from taking any federal office again.
What happened on Wednesday?
After a procedural vote on the constitutionality of the measures on Tuesday, senators sat during the first day to present evidence at trial, with each side having 16 hours to present their case.
Jimmy Raskin, director of the prosecution team against Trump, said the former president was not an “innocent bystander” to the violence that took place last month after he had been “praised, encouraged and sponsored” for several months before.
Trump’s posts and videos were used on social media, to explain how he spent weeks promoting a “big lie” that the election had been “stolen from him.”
They analyzed footage of Trump’s speech on January 6, and said he had been used to “fanning” supporters heavily, before directing them to the Capitol.
Footage from pro-Trump websites was shown as evidence that militants at his base of supporters had been encouraged by his rhetoric to plan the attack in advance.
Security footage that had not been released before showed how rioters, including those wearing flak jackets, violently penetrated the building and searched for lawmakers who had gathered to certify the election result.
In one of the videos, former Republican Senator and presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen entering a safe zone guarded by a Capitol police officer.
Another video showed Vice President Pence and his family being taken out, to cheers from some in the crowd to demand that he be hanged because he refused to object to the certification of the result.
In another scene, employees of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, were heard whispering while in hiding from rioters who had stormed and shouted looking for her, “Where are you Nancy.”
Some of the shots shown on Wednesday were bloody. Mobile phone footage showed a Trump supporter was shot dead as she tried to enter the lobby of the House of Representatives, and another video showed a riot police screaming in pain after crowds crushed him in the doorway.
Representative Joaquin Castro said: “President Trump left everyone in the Capitol to perish.”
What will happen next?
Democrats will continue to debate the issue to advance the conviction Thursday, before the Trump team takes a stand to defend it.
His lawyers have already made clear their argument that the case against him is unfair and asserted that he had not encouraged violence by his supporters.
The deliberations are expected to continue until the end of the week, when senators have a chance to pose questions.
It is not clear if the impeachment proceedings will then extend the schedule by requesting witnesses be named or summoned to court, although Trump has already refused to testify voluntarily.
Lawmakers on both sides are believed to favor a speedy trial, and a Senate vote on acquitting or convicting Trump could be held as early as next week.
Only six Republicans voted the trial was constitutional earlier this week, too few to guarantee a conviction for Trump that would require 17 Republicans to agree to join the Democrats in the final vote.
Senator Susan Collins described the presentation given on Wednesday as “interesting” and “compelling”, and there was intense focus in what was being shown.
“After the American public sees the full story presented here … I don’t see how Donald Trump can be re-elected to the presidency again,” Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters.