Democratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot

The Democratic lawmaker who led the filing of the latest article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE spoke Sunday about the level of danger lawmakers faced from rioters during the Jan. 6 overtaking of the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes Officer on Capitol riot: 'Is this America? They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags' Considering impeachment's future MORE (D-Md.) told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEx-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter Maryland GOP governor says he would have voted to convict Trump Democratic senator defends decision not to call witnesses: 'They weren't going to get more Republican votes' MORE, host of CNN's "State of the Union," that rioters wanted to murder both Vice President Pence and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calfi.), adding that lawmakers remember hearing chants of "Hang Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Senate to vote on .9 trillion relief bill this week | J&J vaccine rollout begins | CDC warns against lifting restrictions Haley praises Trump CPAC speech after breaking with him over Capitol riot Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE" from the invading rioters.

"You don't need a six-month investigation to figure out what happened," Raskin said of the Jan. 6 violence, adding, "There was an assassination party hunting for Nancy Pelosi."


"They built a gallows outside of the Capitol of the United States," Raskin said. "This was an attack on our country."

Raskin went on to add that Republicans needed to show that there would be consequences for the rioters who were looking to commit violence against members of Congress, telling Tapper that the response to the attack "cannot be at the level of normal partisan push and pull."

Trump, Raskin added, was holding an "insurrection tailgate party" at the White House for hours while lawmakers hid in secure areas during the attack.

The House last week voted to impeach Trump, making him the first president to ever be impeached twice. He now awaits a second Senate trial even as he prepares to leave office Wednesday morning.

A number of Republicans, including Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski says no decision after Tanden meeting Green New Deal's 3 billion ton problem: sourcing technology metals The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run MORE (R-Alaska), have indicated that the are open to convicting the president. Should Trump be convicted, it would bar him from running for office again.