Potentially Explosive Documentary Of Trumps May Take Center Stage at Upcoming Jan. 6 Hearings

A British documentarian who got extensive access to Donald Trump and his family in the final six weeks of his presidency has some footage the Jan. 6 committee would like to see. The existence of never-before-scene documentary footage that Alex Holder shot starting in September 2020, including interviews with Trump before and after Jan. 6, was first reported Tuesday by Politico. The Jan. 6 committee is set to interview Holder Thursday, the same day it holds its fifth in a series of public hearings. The evidence could take center stage as the committee wraps up the series next month, but, already, bits of Holder’s project have already begun to circulate. The New York Times saw an interview with Ivanka Trump in which she eggs on her father’s stolen-election claims, a recording filmed on December 10, 2020, nine days after then-Attorney General Bill Barr said there was no widespread fraud impacting the election result—comments Ivanka told the House committee “affected my perspective.” Trump’s eldest daughter was also featured in one of the two still photographs that CBS News obtained Wednesday from Holder’s three-part documentary series. One image shows Ivanka sitting for an interview with Holder; the other, Holder interviewing Trump. And on Thursday, CNN played the first footage from the Trump documentary:

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The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Holder last week, compelling him to turn over any raw footage of the Jan. 6 insurrection in DC; of interviews with Trump, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Mike Pence; and “any raw footage pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election.” Holder said via a statement Tuesday he was fully cooperating with the committee. The footage, he said, is part of a documentary series titled Unprecedented, which “was purchased last year by a major streaming service and is scheduled to be released in 3-parts this summer.” On Wednesday, Discovery+ revealed itself as the streamer in question.

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It’s unclear whether parts of Holder’s footage will air during Thursday’s presentation, but Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, said Wednesday that the committee needs more time to review the footage it obtained from Holder (as well as new information from the National Archives and new tips received since the hearings began) and, as a result, will delay its next round of hearings into July, according to CNN. The development of a potentially explosive trove of material seemingly came out of nowhere this week—even for ex-Trump officials. “What the fuck is this?” a former top Trump 2020 official told Rolling Stone following the Politico scoop. Multiple former senior Trump administration officials, including Stephanie Grisham, were reportedly unaware of Holder’s documentary project altogether. “The film was conceptualized and coordinated directly with the Trump family,” Rolling Stone reported, adding that “senior campaign staff was not involved in approving participants or in decisions regarding what subject matter would be included in the film.” 

Trumpworld can apparently thank Kushner for helping bring this headache to fruition: according to the Times, Holder was connected to Trump’s son-in-law by lawyer Jason Greenblatt, who was at the time the White House envoy to the Middle East.

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