House Formally Introduces Article of Impeachment Against Trump, Cites 'Incitement of Insurrection'
Following last week's coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, Democrats are looking to impeach Trump for the second time
As Donald Trump faces a possible second impeachment for his role in inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, more disturbing evidence from the day has been circulating online.
Videos show members of the U.S. Capitol Police and D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department being beaten, dragged and kicked during confrontations with rioters last Wednesday when the Capitol was breached and vandalized.
At the time of the attack, lawmakers were working to certify the Electoral College results and confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the victor of the 2020 election.
Samuel Corum/Getty Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on Wednesday
One disturbing clip, obtained by CNN, shows a rioter on the Capitol Hill steps beating a police officer with a stick that had the American flag on the other end. Another video shows an officer getting dragged and pulled down the steps where he appeared to get stomped on and hit with a flag pole.
Last Thursday, before he resigned as U.S. Capitol Police Chief, Steven Sund said in a statement that more than 50 officers with the USCP and MPD sustained injuries during the attack, and several USCP officers were hospitalized with serious injuries.
At least five people have died, including USCP officer Brian D. Sicknick, who suffered injuries during the riot and later died. One woman was fatally shot by a USCP officer while trying to leap through a broken window to gain access to the House chamber. That officer has been placed on leave.
More than an hour after the rioting began, Trump shared a video addressing the mob, in which he also told supporters, many of whom carried flags emblazoned with his name: "We love you. You're very special. Go home."
Hours later, Trump released a pre-recorded video, at least partially recognizing his election loss by speaking about the "new administration" and condemning the violence. "The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy," he said, reading his speech from a teleprompter. "To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay."
But less than 48 hours after the siege, Trump praised the rioters, calling them "patriots" on Twitter. The president has since been permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
USCP Officer Brian D. Sicknick
On Monday, Officer Sicknick's family released a statement mourning the death of the 42-year-old. Sicknick died at 9:30 p.m. last Thursday from injuries he sustained "while physically engaging with protesters" at the riots.
"There really aren't enough kind words in any language to describe how sweet Brian was. He was truly a lovely, humble soul. We are missing him terribly. He was sweet-natured through and through. Everyone who met him adored him. He also loved his dachshunds dearly, spoiling them, and ensuring they got the best care possible. He loved his job with the U.S. Capitol Police, and was very passionate about it. He also had an incredible work ethic," the family's statement read.
"He was very serious about showing up to work on time and refused to call out sick unless absolutely necessary. Our loss of Brian will leave a large hole in our hearts. The tremendous support we have received from the U.S. Capitol Police, the law enforcement community, and the community as a whole has been overwhelmingly warm and generous. We're very grateful for everyone's kindness during this difficult time. We will have no further statements and will not be granting media interviews. We ask that our family's privacy be respected during this time," the statement concluded.