By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief of the Democratic group prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachment trial welled up in tears on Tuesday as he recalled his 24-year-old daughter and son-in-law hiding in concern within the U.S. Capitol in the course of the rampage by the previous president’s supporters.
U.S. Consultant Jamie Raskin, now in his third two-year time period representing components of Maryland and a constitutional legislation skilled, was defending the legality of contemplating impeachment fees towards a former president.
When he invited his household to witness the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, Raskin, 58, was additionally mourning the Dec. 31 dying of his 25-year-old son.
He stated his daughter had requested whether or not they can be protected visiting on Jan. 6, after listening to of plans by 1000’s of Trump supporters to descend on Washington to attempt to cease the usually routine continuing.
“I informed them, after all it must be protected. That is the Capitol,” Raskin stated as he wrapped up his opening argument.
However when the mob breached the Capitol, in a violent assault that left a Capitol Police officer and 4 different folks lifeless, his daughter Tabitha and different members of the family have been left to huddle in an workplace off the ground of the Home of Representatives.
Raskin stated when he lastly was reunited together with his daughter and son-in-law, he apologized to them and promised issues can be higher on their subsequent go to.
“And you understand what she stated? She stated, ‘Dad, I do not need to come again to the Capitol,'” the congressman recalled.
With the Senate’s 100 members pausing from their observe taking and twiddling with papers on their desks, they locked onto Raskin as he spoke tearfully of his daughter’s concern.
At occasions barely in a position to communicate, he wrapped up his opening assertion to the Senate, saying, “Of all of the horrible issues I noticed … that one hit me the toughest. That and watching somebody use an American flag pole, the flag nonetheless on it, to spear and pummel one in all our cops.”
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