House impeachment managers on Wednesday opened former US President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial with never-before-seen footage of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman leading Romney to safety as rioters were storming the Capitol building on January 6.
“Officer Goodman passes Sen. Mitt Romney and directs him to turn around in order to get to safety,” narrated impeach manager Stacey Plaskett, the 5th delegate to the US House of Representatives from the US Virgin Islands' at-large congressional district.
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.— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 10, 2021
Romney was going to run DIRECTLY into the rioters pic.twitter.com/0PX5LlxyXo
“On the first floor, just beneath them, the mob had already started to search for the Senate chamber. Officer Goodman made his way down to the first floor where he encountered the same insurrectionists we just saw breach the Capitol," she added.
Goodman, who has been recommended to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts, was lauded for what many describe as his acts of "heroism" in confronting the pro-Trump mob.
Officer Goodman is a military vet and a hero. He saved countless people from injury and/or death including Mitt Romney on January 6th. Medal of Freedom candidate without a doubt. https://t.co/SLUYywVGCC— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) February 10, 2021
Republicans should be defending men like Officer Eugene Goodman, not Donald Trump.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) February 10, 2021
Eugene Goodman literally led the mob away from the Chamber. The door was right there.— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) February 10, 2021
My God. Romney running, saved by Goodman.— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) February 10, 2021
It says so much about the “Blue Lives Matter” movement, or even just your local FOP chapter, that none of them have embraced Eugene Goodman as their new champion.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) February 10, 2021
God bless Officer Eugene Goodman. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2EIzD3D1kk— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) February 10, 2021
All Senators are alive today because of the bravery of Officer Goodman - a Black man.— Midwin Charles, Esq. (@MidwinCharles) February 10, 2021
"It tears your, your heart and brings tears to your eyes, that was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional," the Utah senator said in response to seeing the video, as reported by NBC's Jullie Tsirkin.
Romney, a critic of Trump, increasingly faced backlash after he broke ranks as the sole GOP senator to vote to convict Trump of abuse of power in the former US president's first impeachment trial in 2020. Trump, who was also impeached on a charge of obstruction of Congress, was on 8 January impeached in the House for a second time, for "incitement of insurrection".
A day before the 6 January Capitol Hill attacks, Romney was confronted by an unnamed individual who openly questioned why the Utah senator is not supporting Trump, who switched to being a Republican several years ago after decades as a Democrat.
“We have a Constitution, the constitutional process is clear,” Romney asserted, speaking of the Electoral College vote certification process. “I’ll follow the Constitution, and I’ll explain all that when we meet in Congress this week.” “Well, you haven’t supported him, and you didn’t even support him in the election,” the individual was overheard saying in a since-deleted video. "You were voted in as a conservative to represent the conservative constituents. Period."