US Capitol violence: Democrats say mob sought to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Prosecutors at Donald Trump's impeachment trial played an audio of Pelosi's staffers whispering for help as the mob tried to break down a door to her office

The Associated Press February 11, 2021 10:39:05 IST
US Capitol violence: Democrats say mob sought to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

A pro-Trump mob storms the Capitol in Washington after a rally where the president spoke, urging them on. By Jason Andrew © 2021 The New York Times

Washington: Democrats say Capitol Police evacuated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the Capitol complex entirely because they feared for her safety on 6 January.

Prosecutors at Donald Trump's second impeachment trial on Wednesday played audio of Pelosi's barricaded staffers whispering for help and showed images of the mob trying to break down a door into Pelosi's office.

The 80-year-old Pelosi was a longtime political target of the president, who derisively nicknamed her "Crazy Nancy".

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett says Pelosi was rushed to a secure offsite location because some of the rioters publicly declared their intent to harm or kill Pelosi.

Plaskett says that if the rioters had found Pelosi, they would have killed her. She said, “They did it because Donald Trump sent them on this mission.”

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