The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot has received 11 hours of never-before-seen interviews and footage of former President Donald Trump and his family in the months leading up to and immediate aftermath of the January 6 uprising, it appears from reports.
According to Bob Costas of CBS, the documentary footage subpoenaed by the panel by British filmmaker Alex Holder contains more than 10 hours of interviews, including statements from Mr. Trump.
That footage is in addition to the many hours of footage Mr. Holder has shot that are not direct interviews with Mr. Trump and his family.
The New York TimesMaggie Haberman has reportedly seen some of the footage, including an interview with Ivanka Trump. Haberman said the footage showed Trump saying her father must “fight on until all legal remedies are exhausted” to ensure the “sanctity of our election.”
“I think, as the president has said, every vote should be counted and heard, and he campaigned for the voiceless,” Trump said in the footage. “And I think a lot of Americans right now feel very, very powerless, and really question the sanctity of our elections, and that’s not right, it’s not acceptable.”
Haberman noted that Mrs. Trump’s words contrasted sharply with her words during her statement to the House committee, when she said she accepted then-Attorney General Bill Barr’s perspective that the election had not been stolen.
The images came as a shock to Trump’s former aides and officials, according to numerous news reports on Tuesday.
An employee reportedly replied “what the hell is this” when asked about the footage by rolling stone†
According to Haberman, few people outside of Trump and his family knew that the documentary was being shot.
Mr Holder, the documentary filmmaker, said he would fully cooperate with the panel and has already submitted the requested footage. He said he retained full editorial control of the project and said he was not being paid by the Trumps to produce the film.
The documentary is reportedly titled Unparalleled and was bought by a major streaming platform. It will be released as a three-part series sometime this summer.
The commission is currently focused on producing evidence to substantiate its claim that Mr. Trump was part of an illegal scheme to replace state voters with voters who would be loyal to him. If that plan had worked, Trump loyalist voters would have undermined the will of the voters they represented by voting for him, even if the residents of the state chose to elect Joe Biden.