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Officer Eugene Goodman Led Sen. Mitt Romney Away From Capitol Rioters, New Video Shows

House impeachment managers played new video footage for senators at Trump’s trial on Wednesday, showing the widely lauded Goodman leading Mitt Romney away from the mob in the Capitol, potentially saving his life.

Officer Eugene Goodman (center) is shown running and leading Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT, left) away from a violent mob at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, in new footage shown by House impeachment managers at Trump's Senate trial on February 10.
Officer Eugene Goodman (center) is shown running and leading Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT, left) away from a violent mob at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, in new footage shown by House impeachment managers at Trump's Senate trial on February 10.

New footage played at Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial shows Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman leading Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) away from an angry mob during the January 6 insurrection, as House impeachment managers built their case to illustrate just how close violent rioters came to encountering members of Congress.

Afterward, Romney told reporters it was his first time seeing the footage, and that he “look[s] forward to thanking” Goodman.

“I was very fortunate indeed,” Romney said.

Goodman has been widely hailed as a hero for his actions during the Capitol riot, including leading a mob away from a chamber where lawmakers were sheltering.  According to multiple reports, Congress members were able to evacuate moments after Goodman led the crowd away — their lives potentially spared.  

The new footage shown by Democrats today came from Capitol security cameras.

Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) walked senators through the security video and map visualizations of the Capitol to demonstrate how close rioters came to finding lawmakers that day. She also played harrowing footage of crowds actively looking for former Vice President Mike Pence, chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” and threatening physical violence against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Trial observers tweeted today that Goodman may have saved Romney’s life. The officer attended the trial Tuesday, according to journalist Igor Bobic.

Goodman, who is an Army veteran, has not publicly spoken out about his heroic acts. According to those close to Goodman who spoke with The Washington Post, Goodman is “generally private and reserved” and now fearful of being a target of right-wing extremists. 

Reps. Charlie Christ (D-FL), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan bill last month to award Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal “for his bravery and quick thinking.” He was given the honor of escorting Vice President Kamala Harris at the inauguration. 

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