CBS News Obtains Documentary Film Footage Delivered to Jan. 6 Panel

The House Select Committee to Investigate January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol is stepping up its investigation this week as new evidence emerges, including dozens of hours of footage from filmmaker Alex Holder’s upcoming three-part documentary series, from which CBS News has obtained two images, including a photo of the former President Donald Trump and another of his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trumpbe interviewed.

A person familiar with the project said the footage captured both the former president and his daughter seated for talks with Holder as he delved into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and asked them to reflect on the conduct and legacy of the former president.

Alex Holder interviews President Trump. / Credit: CBS News

Alex Holder interviews Ivanka Trump.  / Credit: CBS News

Alex Holder interviews Ivanka Trump. / Credit: CBS News

CBS News has confirmed that Holder’s upcoming series is based on at least 11 hours of direct-to-camera interviews of the former president and his family, as well as hours of footage captured on the Capitol grounds during the attack of January 6, 2021.

CBS News has also learned, according to two former Trump 2020 campaign advisers, that the documentary project shook up Trump’s inner circle this week since few people outside the Trump family were aware of its reach and high level of access granted to Holder. , a British filmmaker who worked outside of official channels while filming the family.

Holder is scheduled to appear for a private deposition before the committee on Thursday.

Ivanka Trump appeared virtually before the January 6 committee in April for several hours and portions of his testimony were played during committee hearings this month. In a clipshe said she respects Attorney General Bill Barr and “accepts what he said” that the voter fraud allegations were false.

But, according to The New York Times, Ivanka Trump told the camera crew on December 10, 2020 that her father should “continue to fight until all legal avenues are exhausted” because there were questions about “the sanctity of our elections “. She made the comments days after Barr publicly said there was no widespread voter fraud. CBS News confirmed the Times account.

The committee holds its recent fifth public hearing Thursday, which is expected to focus on Trump’s efforts to influence the Justice Department to help him void the election.

Previous hearings have focused on the The Trump campaign’s fake voter scheme and threats made against state lawmakers and election officials, Trump’s pressure campaign on Pence to reject electoral votes, and Trump officials telling the then-president it was too early to declare victory and make false claims that the election was stolen.

The chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said Wednesday that two more hearings are scheduled for July after receiving “additional information” from Holder, the documentary filmmaker.

Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the committee, said Wednesday that while the committee wanted to have all the hearings in June, there has been a “deluge of new evidence since we started.”

Caroline Linton, Ellis Kim and Rebecca Kaplan contributed reporting.

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