Senate votes to award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman with Congressional Gold Medal

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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman stands during a dress rehearsal for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington.

  • The Senate voted to award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • Goodman was recognized for leading Capitol rioters away from the Senate chamber on January 6.
  • Sen. Schumer said “we can all agree” that Goodman “deserves the highest honor a Congress can bestow.”
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Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman was honored with a standing ovation from the Senate at the conclusion of Friday’s impeachment trial session. The Senate also voted to award Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal Friday for his efforts during the Capitol siege.

Goodman has been hailed as a hero for single-handedly diverting a crowd of rioters who breached the US Capitol away from the Senate chamber as lawmakers voted to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Video footage presented during former President Trump’s impeachment trial also showed Goodman leading Sen. Mitt Romney away from the insurrectionists after passing by him in the Capitol halls.

At the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Senate to pass a bill to award him the Congressional Gold Medal.

“In the weeks after the attack on January the 6th, the world learned about the incredible, incredible bravery of Officer Goodman on that fateful day,” Schumer said. “Here in this trial, we saw new video – powerful video – showing calmness under pressure, his courage in the line of duty, his foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety.”

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“Officer Goodman, thank you,” Schumer said as senators in the chamber stood and applauded Goodman and other Capitol police officers who were in the building on January 6. “I think we can all agree that Officer Goodman deserves the highest honor a Congress can bestow.”

Reporters in the chamber saw Goodman briefly put his hand in his heart during the ovation for him and proceeded to applaud during the ovation for other officers.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed Schumer’s sentiments, honoring the Capitol police for their efforts and bravery.

“In the face of lawlessness, the officers of the US Capitol lived out, in the fullest sense, of their oaths,” McConnell said. “If not for the quick thinking and bravery of Officer Eugene Goodman in particular, people in this chamber may not have escaped that day unharmed.”

“Officer Goodman’s actions reflect a deep personal commitment to duty and brought even greater distinction upon all of his brave brothers and sisters in uniform,” he continued. “I’m proud the Senate is taking this step forward in recognizing his heroism with the highest honor we can bestow.”

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Sen. Mitt Romney says he thanked Officer Eugene Goodman after new video showed him leading the senator away from the mob during the Capitol riot

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“I just again told him how much I appreciated him, making sure that I was out of harm’s way,” Romney said of Goodman.

  • New video shows Officer Eugene Goodman leading Sen. Mitt Romney to safety during the Capitol riot.
  • Goodman had previously been hailed as a hero for leading the pro-Trump mob away from the Senate chamber.
  • After seeing the new video during Trump’s impeachment trial, Romney said he thanked Goodman.
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Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters he thanked Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman for leading him to safety during the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.

A newly released video, presented Wednesday during the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, showed Romney walking down a hallway in the Capitol, before being passed by a running Goodman who immediately directs the senator to go the other direction to avoid the mob that had just breached the building.

Romney was seen later Wednesday speaking with Goodman in the Senate chamber, CNN reported.

“I expressed my appreciation to him for coming to my aid and getting me back into the path of safety and expressed my appreciation for all that he did that day, and he took me through his full day,” Romney said, according to CNN.

“And he was exhausted going from one part of the building to the other, up and down stairs. He indicated that he had to breathe a lot of bear spray and tear gas, and that he was nauseated. And so, he was talking to me about the whole day, and I just again told him how much I appreciated him, making sure that I was out of harm’s way.”

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Romney has drawn the ire of many Trump supporters for his frequent criticism of the former president. He was also the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump during his first impeachment trial last year.

Goodman had previously made headlines following the Capitol attack and was hailed as a hero for single-handedly leading a mob of Trump supporters away from the Senate chamber as lawmakers were still evacuating. Those actions were also captured in an intense video that showed Goodman facing off with a large group.

Romney said Wednesday he did not realize Goodman was the same officer that had directed him to safety, adding that “I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there.”

The clip of Goodman directing Romney was one of many presented during the second day of Trump’s impeachment trial over his role in inciting the Capitol siege.

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