The Senate on Friday took a break from former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to unanimously approve a Congressional Gold Medal for hero Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman.
Goodman led the primary wave of pro-Trump rioters away from an unsecured Senate door on Jan. 6. The rioters later broke into the Senate chamber — at the very least two of them armed with plastic handcuffs.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and GOP Minority Chief Mitch McConnell each spoke in favor of the award from the Senate ground.
“Within the weeks after the assault on Jan. 6, the world realized in regards to the unimaginable, unimaginable bravery of Officer Goodman,” Schumer stated.
“Right here on this trial, we noticed a brand new video, highly effective video displaying calmness below strain, his braveness within the line of obligation, his foresight within the midst of chaos and his willingness to make himself a goal of the mob’s rage in order that others may attain security.”
The medal is the best US civilian award alongside the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has been awarded simply 163 occasions.
All senators and Senate workers gave Goodman a standing ovation. On Saturday, they’re anticipated to acquit Trump in a largely party-line vote of inciting the riot, which disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory and resulted the deaths of 4 rioters and US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
McConnell (R-Ky.) praised Goodman, saying, “Jan. 6 was a day of concern for individuals who work right here within the Capitol and of disappointment for a lot of extra watching from afar. However that terrible day additionally launched our nation to a gaggle of heroes, whom we in Congress have been already proud to name our colleagues.”
The Republican chief stated that “if not for the short considering and bravado of Officer Eugene Goodman specifically, folks on this chamber might not have escaped that day unhurt.”
“Officer Goodman’s actions mirror a deep private dedication to obligation and introduced even better distinction upon all his courageous brothers and sisters in uniform. So I’m proud to Senate is taking this step ahead recognizing his heroism with the best honor we will bestow,” he stated.
Related laws proposed by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would give the award to the US Capitol Police and DC Metropolitan Police Division organizations.
Footage of Goodman diverting the rioters beforehand was printed by The Submit.
New safety digital camera clips broadcast in the course of the trial on Wednesday confirmed Goodman telling a wandering Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to flip round and take shelter because the rioters smashed into the constructing. Goodman alone confronted the rioters one ground beneath the Senate earlier than retreating upstairs and main the mob away from the chamber door.
Goodman led the rioters away from the unsecured door at 2:15 pm, in accordance to safety digital camera timestamps. Vice President Mike Pence and his household have been in a room close to the Senate and weren’t evacuated to a safe location till 2:26 pm.