'Crass regard': Trump’s Capitol files include 5 outtakes of him 'veering off script' as aides urged him to tell rioters 'go home'
Donald Trump's records on the Capitol riot are now coming to light — and they include several outtakes from the former president's ill-timed and lackluster effort to convince the crowd to "go home."
On Tuesday, November 9, January 6 committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) appeared on "Cuomo Prime Time" with CNN host Chris Cuomo where he discussed the investigation into the Capitol insurrection. According to Thompson, Federal Court Judge Tanya Chutkan has ruled in favor of the committee granting them access to Trump's video records among other documents relative to the riots.
Speaking to Cuomo, Thompson explained why the videos are essential for the investigation.
"The president, it took him six times for the video to say to the people to go home," Thompson told the CNN anchor. "If in the midst of an insurrection, it takes you six times to...ask the people to go home, something is wrong with that. I want to see what the other five videos said."
In response to Thompson's remarks, Cuomo asked, "What was wrong with the other five?"
The Mississippi Democrat replied, "Well, we want to see what he said. His own people said to him, 'this is not good enough. You are not telling these people to go home.'"
The latest reports echo similar claims detailed in the book "I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year," written by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. Hours after chaos ensued at the U.S. Capitol, Trump released a video message via Twitter as he urged his supporters to stand down. "You have to go home now," Trump said at the time. "We have to have peace. We have to have law and order."
In that book, the writers explained how Trump had to re-record the video multiple times because he kept "veering off the script his speechwriters had prepared."
"The version released was the most palatable option," the book explained.
Thompson's remarks follow the federal judge's ruling in favor of Trump's records being turned over to the congressional committee investigating the Capitol riots. Dr. Matthew Schmidt, an associate professor of National Security and Political Science at the University of New Haven, weighed in with his perspective of the ruling and how it should be concerning for Trump and his allies.
"Trump and his circle should be very afraid of the consequences of this ruling. There will be casualties. Some will be legal, some political. Some both," Schmidt said. "The available public evidence so far is damning legally, but actual White House records will confirm the crass regard of the former President for his country in his own words and documents. As bad as our polarization is, some GOP voters will lose their enthusiasm for voting for a party complicit in such an attack on democracy. And whatever ill-boding the Virginia election suggests to the Dems, this will do much the same for the GOP."
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