The Democratic lawmaker who led the filing of the latest article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE spoke Sunday about the level of danger lawmakers faced from rioters during the Jan. 6 overtaking of the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US House impeaches Trump for second time — with some GOP support Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump MORE (D-Md.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet’s Electoral College vote Kelly says Trump can’t admit to making mistakes: ‘His manhood is at issue here’ ‘I saw my life flash before my eyes’: An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE that rioters wanted to murder both Vice President Pence and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Revising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices MORE (D-Calfi.), adding that lawmakers remember hearing chants of “hang Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhy the Senate should not rush an impeachment trial FBI: Capitol rioters claim officer told them, ‘It’s your house now’ An attack on America that’s divided Congress — and a nation MORE” from the invading rioters.
“You don’t need a six-month investigation to figure out what happened,” Raskin said of the Jan. 6 violence, adding: “There was an assassination party hunting for Nancy Pelosi.”
“They built a gallows outside of the Capitol of the United States,” Raskin said. “This was an attack on our country.”
Raskin went on to add that Republicans needed to show that there would be consequences for the rioters who were looking to commit violence against members of Congress, telling Tapper that the response to the attack “cannot be at the level of normal partisan push-and-pull.”
Trump, Raskin added, was holding an “insurrection tailgate party” at the White House for hours while lawmakers hid in secure areas during the attack.
The House last week voted to impeach Trump, making him the first president to ever be impeached twice. He now awaits a second Senate trial even as he prepares to leave office Wednesday morning.
A number of Republicans, including Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiImpeachment trial tests Trump’s grip on Senate GOP ‘Almost Heaven, West Virginia’ — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (R-Alaska) have indicated that the are open to convicting the president. Should Trump be convicted, it would bar him from running for office again.