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 TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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 RaskinGOP seeks to keep spotlight on Afghanistan as Dems advance Biden's .5T spending plan Raskin writing memoir about Jan. 6, son's suicide House Democrats demand details after Border Patrol agents accused of profiling Latinos in Michigan MORE (D-Md.) told Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Fauci on FDA advisers' booster recommendations: 'I don't think they made a mistake' Mississippi governor: Biden vaccine mandates an 'attack' on 'hard-working Americans' MORE, host of CNN's "State of the Union," that rioters wanted to murder both Vice President Pence and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calfi.), adding that lawmakers remember hearing chants of "Hang Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability Capitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally 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 MurkowskiTrump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration 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.