WASHINGTON, Feb 13 – RIA Novosti. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Friday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to police officer Eugene Goodman, who defended the Capitol during the January 6 riots.
The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States.
Goodman distracted rioters while members of Congress gathered to validate the presidential election were hastily evacuated. In particular, the videos shown in the Senate show that Goodman interfered with Senator Mitt Romney, who was heading down the corridor in the direction where the rioters were already.
Goodman himself was in the hall at the time of the decision, the senators gave him a standing ovation.
The Senate is considering impeachment of former US President Donald Trump, who is accused of instigating the January 6 riots. Trump denies his guilt. The Senate is expected to vote on impeachment this weekend.