KEY POINTS

  • Officer Goodman was shown directing Sen. Romney away from rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6
  • A new video showed Goodman diverting rioters away as officers led former VP Pence to safety
  • Twitter users are calling Goodman a hero for saving senators at the Capitol

Hundreds of social media users flocked to Twitter on Wednesday to call a Capitol police officer a “hero” after House managers released never-before-seen footage from the Jan. 6 riot. The new footage was revealed during the second day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. 

"There is some very graphic, violent footage coming," lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said. 

At one point, the footage shows Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman directing Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, away from the rioters storming the building. Romney and a staffer had just exited the Senate floor when Goodman motions for them to turn around.

 

“I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction,” Romney told reporters later. “I look forward to thanking him when I next see him.”

Social media users flocked to Twitter, where they hailed Goodman as a “hero” for saving the Utah senator -- a former presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts -- from the Capitol rioters. 

“Officer Goodman is a hero and saved many lives that day,” Twitter user Lily wrote. 

“Officer Goodman deserves every honorary award possible. I cannot express the debt of gratitude the country owes this man,” Kyle Stanley wrote. 

Matt Romney, the Republican senator’s son, also took to Twitter to publicly thank Goodman for saving his father. 

“We appreciate your bravery and service, Officer Eugene Goodman!!” he wrote. 

Goodman served in the Army before he joined the Capitol police force in 2009. In another video, he was seen redirecting the pro-Trump supporters away from the Senate Chamber where former Vice President Mike Pence and several staffers were still being evacuated. 

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett on Wednesday accused former President Trump and his social media team of ignoring warnings from the FBI about people planning to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

"They posted exact blueprints of the attack openly, loudly, proudly -- and they did this all over public forums. These were not just hidden posts and dark websites that Trump would not have seen,” Plaskett said in her remarks. “We know President Trump monitored these websites. We know this because his advisers confirm it.”

House impeachment managers will be given eight hours on Thursday to make their case against Trump. The former president’s impeachment lawyers will be given the same amount of time on Friday to defend Trump. 

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