Alex Holder, Documentary Filmmaker, Becomes a Witness on January 6

Alex Holder, a British documentary filmmaker with extensive access to President Donald J. Trump and his family before and after the 2020 election, appeared at the end of a House investigation into the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack as a new incident. and potentially important witness.

Mr. Holder testifies behind closed doors Thursday morning before a House committee investigating Mr. Trump’s attempts to undermine the results of his lost election. His testimony is ahead of separate public committee hearings on Thursday over Mr. Trump’s attempt to appoint a loyalist to run the Justice Department in the final weeks of his administration.

Mr. Holder’s video footage — around 11 a.m. — of the Trump family discussing the campaign and the election — was subpoenaed by a committee ahead of the interview.

What exactly the footage shows is still unclear. But Mr. Holder interviewed Mr. Trump twice prior to the Jan. 6 riots and once after Jan. 6, meaning he could potentially talk about Mr. Trump’s state of mind and whether he made it clear he knew that he lost the election.

The footage of the Trump family can also be revealing. The New York Times aired a short clip of Ivanka Trump, the former president’s eldest daughter, discussing her view of her father’s repeated false claims that the election was stolen in a widespread fraud. The clip was shown to The Times by someone who had access to it.

This video was recorded on December 10, 2020, after Mr. Trump made unsubstantiated claims for weeks about widespread fraud. In the clip, Ms. Trump said, “I think as the president said, every vote should be counted and should be heard, and he was campaigning for those who were not entitled to vote.”

She said that “a lot of Americans right now feel very, very disenfranchised and are really questioning the integrity of our elections, and that’s wrong, that’s unacceptable.”

“He has to take this fight,” she said. “Look, you’re fighting for what you love the most and he loves this country and he loves the people of this country and he wants to make sure their voice is heard and not silenced.” Mr. Trump “will continue to fight until all legal remedies have been exhausted, and that’s what he should be doing,” Ms. Trump said.

The timing of the video and her comments in it are notable because she was featured in a videotaped testimony before a House committee saying she “accepted” statements from Attorney General William P. Barr, including those from December 1, 2020. that there was no mass fraud.

To the extent that there are other footage of the Trump family discussing their view of the election or the campaign’s efforts to fight a Joseph R. Biden Jr. victory, it could be important to the committee’s investigation. Representative Benny Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and commission chairman, cited access to the footage as the reason for delaying additional public hearings the group was due to hold the following week; these sessions have now been rescheduled for July.

The director was linked to Ms. Trump’s husband and de facto chief strategist Jared Kushner through Jason D. Greenblatt, a former Trump organization lawyer who became Mr. Trump’s White House envoy to the Middle East. The documentary was intended to be the legacy of Mr. Trump and, by extension, his family.

But no one in the senior campaign staff was told about it, and some were stunned when they learned that it existed after Politico. reported this week that the footage was subpoenaed.

The footage was used for a series that will air on Discovery+ this summer.

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