Trump associates had no idea a filmmaker Donald Trump was shooting on Jan. 6, reports say.
The footage was subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 commission and Politico said it had been handed over.
It is not yet clear what new information the video may provide about Trump’s actions that day.
Donald Trump officials had no idea that a documentary filmmaker had taped the former president on Jan. 6, 2021, until the House committee investigating that day subpoenaed the footage, reports said.
The existence of the footage – shot by British documentary filmmaker Alex Holder – was Tuesday first reported by Politico†
The outlet said Holder complied with the House committee’s request and handed over several months of Trump footage, up to and including footage he took on Jan. 6.
The New York Times reported: that many of Trump’s top advisers were surprised by news of the project, which only a small circle of close Trump associates knew about.
According to the Times, it was organized by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and intended as a “legacy project” for Trump.
The Times got access to some of the footage, which featured Ivanka Trump in an interview speaking in support of her father’s attempt to undermine the election result.
that statement contradicted her claims elsewhere that she had instead rejected his claims of voter fraud after learning they were not supported by evidence.
Trump’s 2020 campaign staff told CBS reporter Robert Costa that they remembered a documentary crew coming to film at campaign headquarters and that the project surprised campaign lawyers.
Trump aides told Rolling Stone that they had “no idea” that the film crew had had access to Trump and his family for months.
“What the hell is this?” a former campaign official texted the outlet.
It is unclear what new insights the images could contain.
The commission says Trump was at the center of an elaborate effort to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election, culminating in the attack on the Capitol.
The Trump case revolves around the idea that he knew his election fraud claims were false, but pushed them anyway, hoping to stay in power and use the complaint to raise huge sums of money.
A former Trump aide has testified to the committee that Trump told her privately that he knew he had lost to Biden in the election.
In a statement TuesdayHolder said he was motivated in making the film by a desire to understand the Trumps.
“As a British filmmaker, I had no agenda for this. We just wanted to better understand who the Trumps were and what motivated them to stay in power so desperately,” he wrote.
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