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New video: Capitol officer Eugene Goodman led Romney to safety

Previously unseen security footage was released Wednesday as evidence in the impeachment trial

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By Summer Lin
McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Previously unseen security footage shows Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman warning Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah to run from rioters during the Capitol siege.

The video was released Wednesday as part of the House impeachment team’s evidence in the ongoing Senate trial against former President Donald Trump.

The video, which doesn’t have audio, shows Goodman running away from the mob after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Then Goodman is seen saying something to Romney, who was walking down the same hallway. Romney then sprints away in the opposite direction.

Goodman has been hailed as a hero since he was captured in a now-viral video facing rioters in the Capitol building and leading the mob away from the unsecured Senate chamber.

In addition to escorting Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration, Goodman has been named acting deputy House sergeant at arms, CBS News reported. The title is given to the law enforcement officer responsible for maintaining order on the House of Representatives’ side of the Capitol complex.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and lead impeachment manager, opened the trial Tuesday with graphic footage of the attack by a mob in support of Trump that left five people dead. The video also showed Trump telling his supporters to march on the Capitol at a rally before the attack.

The U.S. House of Representatives impeached Trump last month on the charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the Capitol siege.

On Wednesday, Raskin spoke about the “shocking violence, bloodshed and pain” in the previously unseen footage during the trial and warned parents and teachers to be cautious in allowing children or students to watch the clips.

The videos show rioters smashing windows and breaking into the Capitol, then-Vice President Mike Pence being evacuated and staffers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barricading themselves in a room before rioters began banging on the doors trying to enter.

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