Dramatic new footage shown at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday shows Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman rushing to warn Sen. Mitt Romney to turn around and seek cover shortly before facing off against an angry mob of MAGA rioters.
Goodman has already been credited for drawing rioters away from the Senate chamber, giving lawmakers additional time to escape the growing mob outside the chamber.
Unseen security footage shown by House managers at the impeachment trial Wednesday shows Goodman running through the halls moments before that confrontation when he passed Romney exiting the Senate chamber.
There is no audio on the security footage, but Goodman can be seen frantically waving his arms at Romney, directing him to turn around and seek cover.
Romney, who had been walking quickly, breaks into a run in the opposite direction and moves out of frame.
“At the time, rioters had already broken windows and were pouring into the building one floor below. Goodman then ran down the stairs to confront the crowd. Vastly outnumbered, Goodman steadily retreated, leading the crowd away from the Senate chamber and into a hallway where other Capitol Police could finally block the advance of the rioters,” Buzzfeed reports. “House impeachment manager Rep. Stacey Plaskett revealed that at the time, Vice President Mike Pence was sheltering in a nearby room just outside the Senate chamber. Plaskett played never-before-seen security footage of Pence being evacuated from the Capitol, with a map of just how close he was to Goodman and the rioters at the time.”
“As the rioters reached the top of the stairs, they were within 100 feet of where the vice president was sheltering with his family,” she said.
Whoa: Eugene Goodman ran into Mitt Romney in the hallway and told him to turn around and get to safety, as the mob entered the building, in new footage.
Romney was going to run DIRECTLY into the rioters pic.twitter.com/0PX5LlxyXo
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 10, 2021