House Impeachment Manager Chokes Up During Opening Argument

House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, broke down in tears during his opening argument at former President Donald Trump’s Senate trial on Tuesday afternoon.

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Raskin recalled that on the day before the Trump-led siege on the United States Capitol, he and his family had attended the funeral of his son Thomas, who took his own life at the age of 25 on New Year’s Eve.

Raskin was at the Capitol with his daughter Tabitha and her husband on January 6th to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, which was temporarily disrupted when Trump’s mob stormed and occupied the building.

Raskin said that they were startled by a “pounding on the door like a battering ram” – a sound that he would “never forget.” The Congressman then became emotional when he mentioned that his daughter vowed that she would never again visit the Capitol.

“She said, ‘Dad, I don’t want to come back to the Capitol,'” Raskin said. “Of all the terrible, brutal things I saw and heard that day, that one hit me the hardest.”

Nearly overcome with emotion, Raskin issued a plea to Senate jurors:

Senators, this cannot be our future. This cannot be the future of America. We cannot have presidents inciting and mobilizing violence against our government and our institutions because they refuse to accept the will of the people under the Constitution of the United States. Much less can we create a new January exception in our precious beloved Constitution that prior generations have died for and fought for so that corrupt presidents have several weeks to get away with whatever it is they wanna do. History does not support a January exception in any way, so why would we invent one on this day?

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