In recent footage that was released from the U.S. Capital riots it has been revealed that Eugene Goodman warned Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) of incoming rioters, helping him get to safety. Romney’s top aids did not know who the leading officer was until house managers released official footage from the surveillance cameras.

On the second day of the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump, impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell presented the unseen security footage of Goodman redirecting Romney away from the rioters on Jan. 6, who would later charge into the Senate Chamber, according to The Grio.The 40-year-old Washington, D.C., native and decorated military veteran flagged down the Romney in a fit of panic, who was going to walk directly into the rioters.

“As you were moving through that hallway — I paced it off — you were just 58 steps away from where the mob was amassing and where police were rushing to stop them,” Swalwell said to the senators during the impeachment hearing, who are also acting as jury in Trump’s trial. Swalwell told the senators just “how close” they came to being attacked by the rioters, according to Yahoo Money. 

“Some of you, I understand, could hear them. But most of the public does not know how close these rioters came to you,” he said.

Since the day of the riots, a group of senators have introduced a bill to award Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal, Blavity reported. According to, the bill is said to have 67 co-sponsors and can be voted on as early as Monday and then move to the House of Representatives. 

Two weeks following the riot, Goodman escorted Vice President Kamala Harris on Inauguration Day, as Blavity previously reported. 

Five people, including a police officer, lost their lives as a result of the storm on the U.S. Capitol Hill by Trump supporters.

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