Impeachment trial: Pelosi evacuated from Capitol during riot because mob sought to kill her, Dems say

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, on the eve of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The trial will begin Tuesday with a debate and vote on whether it's even constitutional to prosecute the former president, an argument that could resonate with Republicans keen on voting to acquit Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, on the eve of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The trial will begin Tuesday with a debate and vote on whether it’s even constitutional to prosecute the former president, an argument that could resonate with Republicans keen on voting to acquit Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats say Capitol Police evacuated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the Capitol complex entirely because they feared for her safety on Jan. 6.

Prosecutors at Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial on Wednesday played audio of Pelosi’s barricaded staffers whispering for help and showed images of the mob trying to break down a door into Pelosi’s office.

The 80-year-old Pelosi was a longtime political target of the president, who derisively nicknamed her “Crazy Nancy.”

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett says Pelosi was rushed to a secure offsite location because some of the rioters publicly declared their intent to harm or kill Pelosi.

Plaskett says that if the rioters had found Pelosi, they would have killed her. She says, “They did it because Donald Trump sent them on this mission.”

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