Donald Trump’s original speech after the Capitol riot has been revealed. Here are the words he refused to say

The January 6 hearings may be on hiatus until September, but that hasn’t stopped committee members from continuing to reveal more material on former US president Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol riots.

Elaine Luria, a Democrat and member of the January 6 committee, has posted to Twitter a three-minute video which includes testimony from White House aides discussing Mr Trump’s speech on January 7.

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In her tweet, Ms Luria wrote: “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. There were more things he was unwilling to say.”

The video includes a screenshot of Mr Trump’s speech with several lines crossed out in black pen.

In one of the clips, Mr Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, tells the panel the document “looks like a copy of a draft of the remarks for that day” and the writing “looks like my father’s handwriting”.

So what was in Donald Trump’s original speech? And which lines did he refuse to say?

Didn’t we already hear Trump refuse to say he lost the election?

You heard correctly.

During last week’s hearing, the House Select Committee showed unseen footage from two video messages from Mr Trump.

The first video was from January 6. In it, instead of following the drafted words, “I’m asking you to leave the Capitol now and go home in a peaceful way,” Mr Trump spoke off the cuff, repeating the lie at the heart of his push to overturn the election.

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The second video was from January 7 and showed Mr Trump struggling to disavow his supporters, stumbling over his words and slamming his fist down as he tried to record a video condemning the previous day’s attack.

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Unused footage captures Donald Trump’s reluctance to condemn the Capitol rioters.

“I don’t want to say the election’s over,” he was recorded telling his aides and his daughter Ivanka.

Now, the committee investigating the insurrection has released even more details about the January 7 video message.

What changes did Trump make to his speech?

Lines of text with sentences crossed out in black pen with some words like 'will pay' added.
The House Select Committee has released Donald Trump’s written script from his January 7 remarks. (House Select Committee via AP)

Donald Trump crossed out sentences that distanced him from the rioters who attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

He crossed out lines that said: “I want to be very clear: You do not represent me. You do not represent our movement.”

But he left in: “You do not represent our country.”

In the original line, “I am outraged and sickened by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem,” the word “sickened” is crossed out.

The line, “You belong in jail,” was replaced with: “You will pay.”

This part of the speech was entirely crossed out in black pen:

“I am 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.”

What have witnesses said?

The January 7 speech was seen by Mr Trump’s aides as an effort to make up for his inaction the day before, when he waited hours to tell the rioters to leave the Capitol — and then when he did, in a video filmed in the Rose Garden, he told the rioters they were “very special”.

In the video released by Ms Luria, Trump aide Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, says he had spoken with other aides and they were trying to put remarks together for the president.

When the committee asks Mr Kushner why Mr Trump crossed out specific lines, he responds, twice: “I don’t know.”

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said the scramble to get Mr Trump to speak again on January 7 was partly because of “large concern” within the White House that some of his cabinet officials might try to invoke the constitutional process of the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

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The committee hopes to speak with more former cabinet secretaries in its investigation.(AP: John Minchillo)

The newly released video also includes testimony from John McEntee, then the director of the White House presidential personnel office and one of Mr Trump’s closest aides at the time.

Mr McEntee says in the video Mr Kushner asked him to “nudge this along” to make sure Mr Trump delivered the speech, and confirms the former US president was reluctant to do so.

Pat Cipollone, the former top White House lawyer, also says he believes Mr Trump should have forcefully laid out the consequences for the rioters.

What can we expect from the next hearing?

The committee investigating the January 6 attack says it will interview more former cabinet secretaries in August and September and is prepared to subpoena the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Liz Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice-chair, did not identify the Trump administration officials who might come forward, but the committee has previously shown interest in speaking to those believed to have considered trying to remove Mr Trump from office after the January 6 riot.

The committee also wants to get to the bottom of missing Secret Service texts that may shed further light on Mr Trump’s actions during the insurrection, particularly after earlier testimony about his confrontation with security as he tried to join supporters at the Capitol.

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