January 6th Panel Subpoenas Unseen Trump Tapes

From a story on politico.com by Eugene Daniels and Ryan Lizza headlined “Jan. 6 panel subpoenas unseen Trump tapes”:

The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 sent a subpoena last week to ALEX HOLDER, a documentary filmmaker who was granted extensive access to President DONALD TRUMP and his inner circle, and who shot interviews with the then-president both before and after Jan. 6. The existence of this footage is previously unreported.

A source familiar with the project told Playbook on Monday night that Holder began filming on the campaign trail in September 2020 for a project on Trump’s reelection campaign. Over the course of several months, Holder had substantial access to Trump, Trump’s adult children and VP MIKE PENCE, both in the White House and on the campaign trail.

According to the subpoena, the committee wants three main things from Holder:

(1) Raw footage from Jan. 6.

(2) Raw footage of interviews from September 2020 to present with Trump, Pence, DONALD TRUMP JR., IVANKA TRUMP, ERIC TRUMP and JARED KUSHNER.

(3) Raw footage “pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election.”

Holder is expected to fully cooperate with the committee in an interview scheduled for Thursday. Read the full subpoena

TODAY’S JAN. 6 HEARING — At 1 p.m., the committee will gavel in for a hearing that centers on the pressure campaign Trump and his allies mounted to get state officials to overturn the 2020 election, including attempts to advance slates of “alternate electors” to flip the results in Trump’s favor.

As our Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney report this morning, that plan was concocted even before the election was actually called. “On Nov. 5, 2020, conservative attorney CLETA MITCHELL — who had been leading pre-election preparations for Trump’s legal team — reached out to [JOHN] EASTMAN with a request” for a memo outlining the idea, they write. That memo was eventually forwarded to the Oval Office, while Eastman “began consulting directly with state legislators, encouraging some to simply retabulate their popular votes in order to show Trump in the lead.”

Per a committee aide, today’s hearing will show that Trump’s efforts “perpetuated the public’s belief that the election was stolen and tainted by widespread fraud and lies that ultimately contributed to the violence of Jan. 6” — and that Trump was warned in advance that his actions “risked inciting violence,” including intimidation and threats against state officials and election workers.

The logistics … Chair BENNIE THOMPSON (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) are expected to open the hearing, and Rep. ADAM SCHIFF(D-Calif.) will play a key role. There will be four witnesses broken up over two panels.

The first panel features (1) Arizona House Speaker RUSTY BOWERS, (2)Georgia Secretary of State BRAD RAFFENSPERGER and (3) his deputy, GABRIEL STERLING.

Bowers is expected to describe the pressure campaign from Trump, RUDY GIULIANI and VIRGINIA THOMAS, the wife of Supreme Court Justice CLARENCE THOMAS. In one phone call, Trump and Giuliani pushed Bowers to change Arizona law retroactively “to allow the Legislature to choose a different slate of presidential electors than picked by voters.”

Raffensperger and Sterling are more well known nationally. Sterling held multiple press conferences as Georgia tallied its votes in 2020, at one point blasting the harassment and threats election workers were receiving. Famously, in a phone call on Jan. 2, 2021, Trump pushed Raffensperger to help him “find” just enough votes to help him win the state, and threatened him with “a criminal offense.”

The second panel has just one witness: SHAYE MOSS, an election worker in Georgia. She and her mother processed ballots in 2020 and were targets of a smear campaign by Trump allies. David Wickert at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a deep dive on Moss, who was accused “of rigging the November 2020 election for Joe Biden with ‘suitcases’ of ballots on election night. The pair were featured in a video that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani called a ‘smoking gun’ for voting fraud.”

A committee aide said that Moss would outline how “being targeted by the former president has upended her life and that of her mother. … They were subjected to death threats, intimidation, coercion, forced to go into hiding.”

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