• House managers released new footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot
  • Sens. Thune and Collins admit the Democrats' case against Trump is 'compelling'
  • House managers will have eight hours on Thursday to make their case

Two GOP senators admitted there's a “compelling” case against former President Donald Trump after impeachment managers presented never-before-seen footage from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Susan Collins, R-Me., called the case against Trump “compelling” in the dramatic second day of his impeachment trial in the Senate.

At one point, pro-Trump rioters can be heard demanding to know where the Electoral College votes were being counted. Another video clip shows a Capitol police officer screaming in pain while his torso is jammed between a door.

There's also footage from a security camera inside the building showing Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer fleeing as rioters stormed the Capitol. The impeachment managers also revealed an audio transcript of a call made between an officer and a dispatcher as a mob marched toward the Capitol.

“Cruiser 50, give me DSO up here now. DSO. Multiple law enforcement injuries. DSO, get up here,” an officer told the dispatcher on Jan. 6. “We just had an explosion go on up here. I don’t know if they’re fireworks or what, but they’re starting to throw explosives, fireworks material.”

Senators were visibly shaken while they were reviewing the new materials presented by the Democrats. At some point, several senators looked away from the television screens when the videos became too graphic.

During a break, Collins said the managers' case was “compelling.” She also said the new footage reinforced her belief that it was a “terrible day for our country.” Thune called the footage a “very effective presentation.”

The managers closed Wednesday’s arguments by pointing out that Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight,” and that he mocked Mike Pence moments after the former vice president fled the Senate chamber.

“He didn’t have the courage,” Trump had written on Twitter, referring to Pence’s refusal to try to overturn the election. The tweet had since been removed.

The Democratic impeachment managers will have another eight hours to make their case on Thursday. Trump’s legal team will be given eight hours on Friday to defend the former president.

National Guard soldiers remain on duty on Capitol Hill protecting US lawmakers after the deadly unrest on January 6
National Guard soldiers remain on duty on Capitol Hill protecting US lawmakers after the deadly unrest on January 6 AFP / Brendan Smialowski