The Democratic congressman leading the impeachment prosecution of Donald Trump, broke into tears as he recalled the violent attack on the US Capitol just a month ago.
Jamie Raskin, whose son died just weeks before the events on January 6, had to pause several times as he concluded his remarks, that marked the end of the Democrats opening events.
“A sound I will never forget – the sound of pounding on the door like a battering ram – is the most haunting sound I ever heard, and I will never forget it,” said the Maryland congressman, recounting his experience after hundreds of supporters of Mr Trump stormed the building, and many went on the rampage.
“…The kids hiding under the desk. Placing what they thought were their final texts and whispered phone calls to say their goodbyes. They thought they were gonna die.”
Mr Raskin said he had invited his daughter and son-in-law to the Capitol to witness what he hoped would mark the peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden, as the joint houses of Congress voted to affirm the electoral college votes of each of the 50 states.
He paused again and drank from a bottle of water as he told senators how he had spoken to his family a little while after they were reunited.
“My son-in-law had never even been to the Capitol before. And when they were finally rescued over an hour later by Capitol officers, and we were together I hugged them and I apologised. And I told my daughter Tabitha…
how sorry I was and I promised her that it would not be like this again the next time she came back to the Capitol with me.”
He added: “And you know what she said? Dad – I don’t want to come back.”