Trump kept re-recording his video telling fans to leave the Capitol Riot, which may explain his 187 minutes of silence during the attack, the Jan.6 committee chairman said. | Breaking News Updates

Trump kept re-recording his video telling fans to leave the Capitol Riot, which may explain his 187 minutes of silence during the attack, the Jan.6 committee chairman said.

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  • Trump was silent for more than three hours after his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.

  • The Jan.6 committee is trying to figure out why Trump took so long to talk to his supporters.

  • Representative Bennie Thompson said Trump had to re-record his video telling them to leave because he wouldn’t say the “right thing.”

Then-President Donald Trump had to keep shooting a video during the Capitol Riot because he couldn’t say the ‘right thing’ to tell his supporters to come home, the president said of the January 6 committee.

“It seems he tried to make a recording several times, but he didn’t say the right thing,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson told the Washington Post, citing witness interviews and reporting in the media.

Trump was publicly silent for 187 minutes after his supporters raped the Capitol on January 6. The riot committee is trying to figure out why the former president took so long to speak as he considers recommending criminal charges against him.

Thompson’s comments follow growing speculation that Trump’s behavior during the riot could mean he illegally obstructed Congress.

Representative Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the Jan.6 committee, had previously suggested that the committee could find Trump guilty of criminal obstruction.

In the video he finally released on Jan.6, Trump told his supporters on Capitol Hill to go home and called the crowd “very special people.”

Thompson told the Post that the committee was interested in the fact that Trump has to continue repeating the video because it might help explain why he took so long to speak.

The reasons for Trump’s late response are important because it could help the committee decide whether to make a criminal reference against Trump, Thompson said.

In this case, Congress would inform the Justice Department that it believed a crime had been committed, and federal prosecutors would decide whether to lay charges against Trump.

“One of those concerns is whether or not it is intentional, and whether this lack of attention over that longer period of time would warrant a dismissal,” he said.

Trump officials did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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