There are tapes of Donald Trump that have not been seen and the House January 6 Select Committee will air them in its Wednesday televised hearing, The POLITICO reported exclusively. They come from documentarian Alex Holder who had been inserted with the Proud Boys on that fateful day. He thought they were headed to Trump’s speech, but instead, they headed toward the Capitol Building and right into big trouble.
Holder’s videos contain interviews with the president’s closest circle. Not only that, he interviewed the ex-president prior to January 6 and afterward:
‘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.’
The Select Committee subpoenaed Holder for the following:
- ‘Raw footage from Jan. 6.
- Raw footage of interviews from September 2020 to present with Trump, Pence, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Jared Kushner.
- Raw footage “pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election.”’
The filmmaker appeared in an earlier hearing and complied, but he did manage to insert that he was there under subpoena. The January 6 Committee will hold its hearing looking to validate how much Trump and his minions pressured state officials. All with the intent of stealing the 2020 election.
The coup had been planned even before the country realized that Trump had lost in his second bid for president:
‘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.’
They were concocting a memo for Trump to okay:
‘Eastman began consulting directly with state legislators, encouraging some to simply retabulate their popular votes in order to show Trump in the lead.’
What the Select Committee planned for this hearing was evidence that the ex-president knew that he “risked inciting violence.” But that did not concern Trump. He knew it full well and even participated himself in “intimidation and threats “against state officials and election workers:”
‘[Trump] 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.’
The January 6 Committee will interview Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) in its upcoming hearing, according to CNN:
‘Bowers, who supported Trump’s reelection bid in 2020, refused to bow to intimidation and attempts to get him to back efforts in the legislature to decertify Biden’s victory in Arizona.’
Bowers will unveil how the ex-president, Rudy Giuliani, and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Virginia Thomas, tried to manipulate Arizona state officials. Part of that testimony included:
‘[Changing Arizona law after the fact] to allow the Legislature to choose a different slate of presidential electors than picked by voters.’
Trump tried to steal Georgia’s electorate and was taped on a phone call to the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger proving it. Raffensperger’s deputy Gabriel Sterling famously warned that “someone is going to get killed,” NPR reported.
Georgia election worker Shaye Moss will testify next all alone. She and her mother were harassed, threatened with violence, and almost fell into a trap under a Trump plan to take them to “a secure location:”
‘[They were] 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.’
Select Committee member, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), whose district was eliminated by gerrymandering, announced his wife received a threatening hand-written note. It said those behind it would execute him, her, and even their five-month-old son. All for Kinzinger participating in saving democracy.
The witnesses for Thursday’s 1:00 p.m. hearing have not been announced as of yet.
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