News Headlines 2/11/21

VIDEO OF CAPITOL ATTACK CENTRAL ON FIRST DAY OF IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: The Democratic House managers prosecuting the case in former President Donald Trump‘s second impeachment trial made video of the January 6th attack on the Capitol — much of it never seen before — central to their presentation as they delivered their opening arguments on Wednesday (February 10th). The video showed the extent of the violence police were at times battling as well the potential danger members of Congress were in, with scenes shown including: body cam footage of a Capitol Police officer as he and other officers were being attacked outside the building; Vice President Mike Pence being escorted out of the Senate chamber by the Secret Service as rioters were nearby; and Senator Mitt Romney being told by Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman — who’d already been hailed as a hero after the attack for leading some of the rioters away from the Senate chamber —  to go in the opposite direction because he was heading toward the mob.

There was also video in which a rioter was walking in the Capitol as he taunted, “Where are you Nancy?” looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and audio played of frantic communications by police who were being overrun and attacked the violent mob. Video snippets also showed the crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” and shouting against him as Trump tweeted during the attack that Pence, quote, “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”

The managers used the gripping video to support the case they presented that Trump, who is facing a single charge of “incitement of insurrection,” spent months lying about the election, stoking anger and urging action by his followers with his rallies and tweets to, quote, “stop the steal,” laying the groundwork for his supporters to carry out the attack on January 6th. They further said that he did nothing to stop the attack while it was going on, and in fact enjoyed watching as the mob rampaged in support of him. Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands said, “They did it because Donald Trump sent them on this mission. President Trump put a target on their backs and his mob broke into the Capitol to hunt them down.”

The House managers will continue to present their case today, and then Trump’s attorneys will put on their defense starting Friday.

Plaskett: [“Donald Trump over many months cultivated violence, praised it and then when he saw the violence his supporters were capable of, he channeled it to his big, wild, historic event.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC . . . wild, historic event.)

Rep. Joe Neguse: [“It was part of a carefully-planned, months-long effort with a very specific instruction: Show up on January 6th and get your people to fight the certification.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC . . . fight the certification.)

Rep. Eric Swalwell: [“On December 19th, at 1:42 in the morning, our commander in chief tweeted, ‘Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there. Will be wild. **EDIT** We know why he picked this day. It wasn’t random. It was his last chance to stop a peaceful transition of power.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC . . . transition of power.)

Rep. Madeleine Dean: [“In a speech spanning almost 11,000 words — yes, we did check — that was the one time, the only time, President Trump used the word ‘peaceful’ or any suggestion of nonviolence. **EDIT** President Trump used the word ‘fight’ or ‘fighting’ 20 times, including telling the crowd they needed to ‘fight like hell’ to save our democracy.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC . . . save our democracy.)

Rep. David Cicilline on Trump’s actions during attack: [“The president sat delighted. Doing nothing to help us. Calling one of you to pressure you to stop the certification. It can’t be that the commander in chief can incite a lawless, bloody insurrection and then utterly fail in his duty as commander in chief to defend us from the attack, to defend our law enforcement officers from that attack and just get away with it.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC . . . away with it.)

Sound from video/audio of Capitol attack used at trial yesterday:

Police Communications 1: [“We have lost the line! We’ve lost the line! All MPD, pull back. All MPD pull back up to the upper deck! All MPD, pull back to the upper deck, ASAP!”] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC . . . upper deck, ASAP!)

Police Communications 2: [” We’re still taking rocks, bottles and pieces of flag and metal pole! **EDIT** Cruiser 50, the crowd is using munitions against us! They have bear spray in the crowd! Bear spray in the crowd.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC . . . in the crowd.)

Capitol Rioter looking for Speaker Nancy Pelosi: [“Where are you, Nancy? We’re looking for you. Nancy? Oh, Nancy. Nancy. Where are you Nancy?”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC . . . are you Nancy?)

FEDS INVESTIGATING HUGE COUNTERFEIT N95 FACE MASK OPERATION: Federal authorities are investigating a huge counterfeit N95 face mask operation in which fake 3M masks were sold to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies in at least five states. Minnesota-based 3M is among the world’s largest producers of N95 masks, which are considered the gold standard in protecting against the coronavirus. The foreign-made fakes are becoming harder to spot, and their use by health care workers could put them at risk for Covid-19, while they falsely believe they are protected by the mask.

GEORGIA D.A. OPENS CRIMINAL PROBE INTO ELECTION INFLUENCE ATTEMPTS, INCLUDING TRUMP’S CALL: A Georgia district attorney said yesterday (February 10th) that she’d opened a criminal investigation of attempts to influence the November election, including a January 2nd phone call by then-President Donald Trump asking Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find enough votes to overturn Joe Biden‘s victory in the state. The news from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat elected in November, comes after Raffensperger’s office opened an administrative probe earlier this week into a complaint alleging Trump’s call to the secretary of state violated Georgia law. Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller blasted the D.A.’s announcement, saying, “This is simply the Democrats’ latest attempt to score political points by continuing their witch hunt against President Trump, and everybody sees through it.”

U.S. IMPOSING NEW SANCTIONS ON MYANMAR AFTER MILITARY COUP: The administration yesterday (February 10th) ordered new U.S. sanctions on Myanmar in the wake of the military coup there on February 1st during which national leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior politicians were arrested. President Biden said he’s issuing an executive order that will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing $1 billion in assets in the U.S., and that there will be further action coming, stating, “The military must relinquish power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma,” using an alternate name for Myanmar. Large numbers of protesters against the coup turned out again in Myanmar yesterday, despite an increased use of force against them by security forces.