Biden: 'Some minds may be changed' by new Capitol insurrection security footage

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President Joe Biden said that new footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection shown at Wednesday’s Senate impeachment trial may have changed some opinions on whether former President Donald Trump should be convicted.

Biden told reporters Thursday morning that he “didn’t watch any of the hearing live,” but had seen media coverage.

"My guess is some minds may be changed," he said.

House impeachment managers presented new security footage Wednesday that hadn’t been made public before, which underscored how close rioters got to lawmakers. Rioters got within 100 feet of Vice President Mike Pence and were "just feet" from the Senate chamber, impeachment manager and Del. Stacey Plaskett said Wednesday.

The new video included tape of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman pointing Sen. Mitt Romney to safety and Pence evacuating.

When first asked about the new film, Biden said, “I’m focused on my job … to deal with the promises I made. And we all know we have to move on.”

Biden said he didn’t catch the hearing live since he was “going straight through last night until a little after nine."

Biden and his team have largely avoided weighing in on the impeachment proceedings against Trump, who has been charged with inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. The Senate is widely expected to acquit Trump after all but six GOP senators voted that the Senate impeachment trial was unconstitutional.

Sen. Bill Cassidy was one of those six, changing his stance after previously voting that the trial was unconstitutional.

Cassidy has come under fire from Louisiana’s state Republican party after he was the only GOP Senator to flip positions on the trial’s constitutionality. He defended his move, saying that Trump’s defense did “a terrible job.”

“This vote is not a prejudgment on the final vote to convict,” Cassidy wrote in a statement. “If anyone disagrees with my vote and would like an explanation, I ask them to listen to the arguments presented by the House Managers and former President Trump’s lawyers. The House managers had much stronger constitutional arguments. The president’s team did not.”

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