Jan 6 Committee investigating Capitol riot interviews British filmmaker

Jan 6 Committee investigating Capitol riot interviews British filmmaker

The committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot interviewed a British filmmaker who was documenting former US president Donald Trump's final weeks in office.

Alex Holder has handed over footage that includes videos of Mr Trump and former Vice-President Mike Pence during the 2020 campaign, from before and after the January 6 insurrection.

The series director released a statement on Wednesday AEST, where he said that the footage from his three-part series, Unprecedented, was captured over a series of weeks at the end of Mr Trump's re-election campaign.

He said that Holder had unparalleled access to Mr Trump as well as his family members and colleagues, including :

He said that the footage was taken in the White House, in Mar-A-Lago and behind the scenes on the campaign trail, both before and after the January 6 insurrection.

Snippets of documentary footage have been released, with CNN airing a clip of Mr Pence being shown an email by a member of his staff that includes the draft House resolution that requires Mr Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from power.

There is also footage from CNN on the documentary, of Mr Trump in March 2020, after the insurrection.

A very small portion, as you know, went down to the Capitol, and then a very small portion went in.

They were angry from the point of view of what happened in the election, because they were smart, and they saw what happened. I believe that was a big part of what happened on January 6. In another clip, the former president's daughter, Ivanka, tells the filmmakers: As the president has said, every vote needs to be heard, and every vote needs to be counted. He campaigned for the voiceless. Mr Holder is a British filmmaker and founder of AJH Films. He is best known for his award-winning film Keep Quiet.

He has released a number of statements relating to the Unprecedented documentary, where he says he could never have predicted that his work would be subpoenaed by Congress.

Mr Holder was privately interviewed by the House committee on January 6 insurrection hours before the fifth hearing.

He said this morning I met with investigators for the January 6 Select Committee in person.

I've provided the committee with all requested materials and am fully cooperating with the investigation.

I have no further comment at this time, other than to say that our conversation today was thorough and I appreciated the opportunity to share more context about my project. Mr Holder did not say anything in his interview with the committee, but the panel has subpoenaed footage from the project.

The footage captured the final six weeks of Mr Trump's re-election campaign.

Russell Smith, the legal counsel for Mr Holder, said the filmmaker had full editorial control over the documentary.

The Trumps didn't request any contractual right of control, or even review, so there is no such thing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Discovery has bought the three-part series.

In Wednesday's statement, Mr Holder said that the series was purchased by a major streaming service and is scheduled to be released in 3 parts this summer.

It's likely that it will be released in the next couple of months, considering it's summer in the US at the moment.

Mr Holder has stressed that he had full editorial control over the series and was not compensated by the former president, his family or staff in any way.