January 6 panel subpoenas documentary filmmaker footage of interviews with Trump and inner circle
The Jan. 6 commission demands that documentary filmmaker Alex Holder hand over footage of interviews with Trump, his adult children and Mike Pence, both before and after the Capitol Riot
- The Jan 6 selection committee has subpoenaed raw footage of a filmmaker who was making a documentary about Donald Trump’s re-election campaign
- Alex Holder had extensive access to and recorded interviews with the former president and his inner circle before and after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots
- Panel demands unedited footage of Trump, Mike Pence, Don Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
- Also wants “raw footage related to discussions of electoral fraud or electoral integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election”
- Holder is expected to cooperate fully with the panel in an interview Thursday
- The existence of the images has not been previously reported
Jan. 6, investigators last week sent a subpoena for footage of a documentary filmmaker interviewing Donald Trump and his inner circle before and after the Capitol riots.
Alex Holder gained extensive access to Trump and his closest allies — including his family members and vice president — and now the commission investigating the Jan. 6 attack wants to see what he caught.
The panel sent a subpoena to Holder on June 15. Politico reported: on Tuesday, and the filmmaker is expected to fully cooperate with the select committee and interview them on Thursday.
The subpoena demanded three things — the first being all of the footage Holder and his colleagues captured in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021.
Second, the panel wants raw footage of interviews Holder had with Trump, his sons Eric and Don Jr., his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump, his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his No. 2 Mike Pence.
The committee also wants Holder to “hand over raw footage related to discussions of electoral fraud or electoral integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election.”
The existence of the images has not been previously reported.
A source familiar with Holder’s footage told Playbook on Monday that the documentary filmmaker began filming on the campaign trail in September 2020 for a project about the former president’s re-election efforts. Regarding the project, he had significant access to Trump, his children, and Pence for several months on the campaign trail and in the White House.
Documentary filmmaker Alex Holder is expected to heed the Jan. 6 commission in an interview on Thursday and by handing over raw footage from his project on Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
The British filmmaker responded to the news of the subpoena in a public statement on Tuesday, claiming he had no “agenda” for the project other than documenting the final six weeks of Trump’s reelection campaign.
“We just wanted to better understand who the Trumps were and what motivated them to stay in power so desperately,” Holder said in his statement on the matter, which he posted on Twitter.
He added: “We have dutifully handed over all materials requested by the committee and we are fully cooperating.”
The three-part series titled Unprecedented will be released this summer on a “major streaming service,” the statement said.
The interview Thursday will take place on the fifth day of January 6 hearings of selected committees.
The nine-member panel will meet on Tuesday for the fourth of potentially eight days of hearings. Tuesday’s proceedings will focus on Trump’s pressure on states to yield to his “plot” to name their own “alternative voters,” which he hoped Pence would accept because of the Electoral College results.
If this plot were to come true, the results would go back to the states and Trump would declare victory on the basis of the “fake electoral plan.”
Pence didn’t give in to Trump’s pressure — and neither did state election officials in Georgia and Arizona.
The fourth public and televised trial will feature live testimony on Tuesday afternoon from Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his office’s Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and former election official Wandrea ArShaye’ Shaye’ Moss of Georgia.
Moss was accused by Trump of bringing in “suitcases” of ballots for Biden to manipulate the election for him.
The Jan. 6 panel also asks for raw footage of anything with Trump’s senior advisers Ivanka Trump, his daughter (left) and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law (right). Both pictured above appearing before the taped testimony panel presented during this month’s televised hearings
The subpoena also demands footage of Mike Pence and “any raw footage related to discussions of electoral fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election.”