Capitol Hill Glass Smashed During Riot Replaced As Prosecutors Make Case Against Trump

Window panes smashed during the January 6 riot in the Capitol were replaced Thursday in a symbolic act of defiance against the Trump-supporting mob that stormed the building. The repairs came on the same day prosecutors made their case against the former president in his Senate impeachment trial.

Photos shared by NBC's Capitol Hill correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell showed contractors replacing the final pieces of glass from the windows of the East Front doors of the Capitol.

And they are also replacing the glass at the doors by the House floor.

— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) February 11, 2021

They were shattered more than a month ago when armed protestors stormed the building in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's electoral college votes, and remained unfixed during his January 20 inauguration.

Ariana Freeman, a CBS journalist, also documented the damage to doors at the East Front entrance. "Still not fixed for inauguration, will be very symbolic seeing this in the background shot of @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris arrival and departure today," she tweeted on the day of the swearing-in ceremony.

Doors at the East Front entrance of the Capitol. Still not fixed for inauguration, will be very symbolic seeing this in the background shot of @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris arrival and departure today.

— Ariana Freeman (@ArianaFreeman12) January 20, 2021

Caldwell said the broken glass "was the most dramatic reminder of what happened that day."

Those same shattered panes may end up in an exhibition about the insurrection, officials have said.

The Architect of the Capitol, which is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of 16.5 million square feet of buildings and more than 450 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill, including the House and Senate office buildings and the U.S. Capitol, has plans to mark the incident, which left five people dead.

The office told The Hill in a statement they were "looking at options to display a collection from January 6."

That could include windows from the East Front doors and the Columbus Doors, which depict scenes from the life of Christopher Columbus.

White House Marine sentries
White House Marine sentries rehearse the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden next to a window smashed by insurgents during their incursion into the US Capitol on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden was sworn-in as the 46th president on January 20th with some of the damage from the riots still apparent. Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images

The Associated Press reported at the time that members of the crowd had, in one instance, used a stolen police riot shield to smash windows.

Protestors were then able to use those openings to gain entry to the building, while others made their way inside by knocking down doors.

Democratic lawmakers have called for the glass to be preserved for posterity. Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Andy Kim (D-NJ) said the broken glass from the Rotunda doors opposite the Library of Congress should be kept for future display.

In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chair of the house committee on administration, Zoe Lofgren, they said the Capitol Building already bore the imperfections of previous historic events, such as a bullet hole in a desk from a 1954 attack by Puerto Rican nationalists.

"Just as these reminders of our complicated past remain, so too must some of the damage caused by the insurrectionists on January 6th, 2021," they said.

On Thursday, prosecutors arguing that Trump should be convicted of inciting the riot closed their case with a warning that the former president could cause more violence.

Trump's lawyers will make their case on Friday in a presentation expected to last just a few hours.

It will focus on whether Congress can convict a president who is no longer in office, as well as the degree to which Trump's words were protected by First Amendment rights to free speech.