- The January 6 committee reportedly has a Trump White House document titled “Remarks on National Healing.”
- The document was drafted for delivery a day after the riot, and Trump gave nearly identical remarks.
- A line in the document that Trump didn’t say in his Twitter video is: “The election fight is over.”
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot has obtained a document from President Donald Trump’s White House titled “Remarks on National Healing,” according to a Politico report published Friday.
The document is part of a slew of executive-branch records that Trump’s legal team tried to block the committee from getting access to, Politico reported. The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Trump’s request to block the release of some of his presidential records, clearing the way for the committee to obtain them.
The document contains remarks that appear to have been scheduled for delivery a day after the Capitol riot. It’s unclear who wrote the document, Politico said.
On that day, January 7, 2021, Trump released a video on Twitter in which he gave remarks nearly identical to those in the document.
“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem,” Trump said in the video, which has since been taken down because the social-media platform permanently suspended his account in the wake of the riot.
In the document, the remarks are: “Like all Americans, I was outraged and sickened by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.”
One line in the document that was not uttered by Trump in his Twitter video is: “The election fight is over.”
“But as for THIS election, Congress has now certified the results,” the document says, according to Politico. “The election fight is over. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
What Trump did say was: “Now Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
A spokesperson for Trump’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Since leaving office, Trump has continued to push the debunked claim that the 2020 election was rigged and included widespread voter fraud.