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WATCH: Things Trump Couldn’t Say — New Testimony Drops From Ivanka, Jared, Cipollone, & More

WATCH: Things Trump Couldn’t Say — New Testimony Drops From Ivanka, Jared, Cipollone, & More

The last public hearing of the January 6th Committee focused in part on Donald Trump’s reluctance to release a statement in response to the violent attack on the Capitol. It included a video clip of Trump demanding lines and words be removed from his script. Now there’s a new video, with more witness testimony from some of the people closest to him, including his daughter, discussing what Trump wouldn’t say, and how it took the threat of the 25th Amendment to get him to say anything at all.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 21: A video of former President Donald Trump played on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence on the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

The hearings may be on pause until September, but the January 6th Committee’s work clearly is not. Following the ‘outtake’ clip they shared last week, in which Trump struggles to force himself through the short video message he finally released on January 7th, condemning the attack, Representative Elaine Luria dropped another video on her Twitter feed, sharing almost 4 minutes of testimony and documenting what else Trump couldn’t bring himself to say on that day.

Key takeaways:

Cassidy Hutchinson shares that the pressure was on for Trump to release a statement, both because of the potential damage to Senate races and the potential for the 25th Amendment to be used to remove the President. She seems to indicate that the threat of the 25th Amendment was used to coerce Trump into putting out a statement at all — “You need this as cover.”

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Ivanka Trump acknowledges that a marked-up script is her father’s handwriting, his changes to what he was advised to say about the attack.

[Screenshot via Elaine Luria/Twitter]

Items marked out in the speech include a call for the Justice Department to “ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, saying that the attackers “belong in jail,” and saying that they “do not represent” Donald Trump.

Trump ultimately did release a short video condemning the attack, but increasingly the evidence shows that he did so reluctantly, only because so many people around him pressured him, and even then he only provided the statement after insisting on watering down the message.

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