Jan. 6 committee’s Luria releases video testimony about lines stricken from Trump’s post-riot remarks
(NBC) - Rep. Elaine Luria, who led part of the Jan. 6 committee’s prime-time public hearing last week, released a video Monday featuring previously unseen testimony about former President Donald Trump’s reluctance to condemn the violent actions of his supporters a day after the Capitol riot.
“It took more than 24 hours for President Trump to address the nation again after his Rose Garden video on January 6th in which he affectionately told his followers to go home in peace,” Luria, D-Va., tweeted alongside the video Monday morning. “There were more things he was unwilling to say.”
The video shows Ivanka Trump, the former president’s oldest daughter who served as one of his top advisers, responding to a draft copy of his remarks from the White House on Jan. 7, 2021, that had several lines of text crossed out.
“I want to be very clear, you do not represent me. You do not represent our movement,” read one of the crossed-out lines directly addressing the rioters.
Another stricken part would have asserted that the former president was “directing the Department of Justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We must send a clear message not with mercy but with JUSTICE. Legal consequences must be swift and firm.”
Ivanka Trump said the revisions looked like her father’s handwriting.
It took more than 24 hours for President Trump to address the nation again after his Rose Garden video on January 6th in which he affectionately told his followers to go home in peace.— Rep. Elaine Luria (@RepElaineLuria) July 25, 2022
There were more things he was unwilling to say. pic.twitter.com/cJBIX5ROxs
In a separate interview, Ivanka Trump’s husband, former top White House adviser Jared Kushner, said he had discussed the remarks with others who agreed “it was important to further call for de-escalation.” When asked why lines were crossed out, Kushner responded in a clip from an interview with the committee: “I don’t know.”
The footage builds on testimony shown at last week’s hearing, the panel’s eighth, which focused on the 187 minutes between the end of Trump’s speech at the Ellipse and a video he sent out telling his supporters he loved them and urging them to go home.
During the hearing, the panel played a video that included outtakes from the recorded address Trump gave about the attack a day after it unfolded. At one point, he read a line saying, “But this election is now over. Congress has certified the results,” before stopping himself and telling advisers, “I don’t want to say the election is over. I just want to say Congress has certified the results without saying the election is over, OK?”
NBC News has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
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