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New Evidence Shows Trump Edited Jan. 7 Speech to Avoid Condemning Capitol Rioters

HeadlineJul 26, 2022

The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has revealed new details about how former President Trump resisted his speechwriters’ attempts to have him condemn the assault on the Capitol. A draft speech prepared by White House staffers for the president to deliver on January 7 shows Trump’s edits in black marker. Trump crossed out the line, “I am directing the Department of Justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must send a clear message — not with mercy, but with JUSTICE. Legal consequences must be swift and firm.” Trump also crossed out the phrase, “I want to be very clear you do not represent me. You do not represent our movement.” Finally, Trump edited, “If you broke the law, you belong in jail,” to instead read, “If you broke the law, you will pay.”

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