The House committee on Jan. 6 subpoenaed a British documentary filmmaker who had gained access to President Trump’s inner circle in the weeks leading up to the 2021 attack on the Capitol.
The committee demanded in the subpoena that Alex Holder turn over the raw footage he obtained “regarding discussions of voter fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 election,” interviews conducted with key members of the administration and all images taken on the day of the attack.
The subpoena, which the committee issued last week, was first reported by Politico on Tuesday.
Mr Holder, who was working on a project relating to Trump’s re-election campaign in the weeks leading up to the attack, said in a statement that he was cooperating fully with the committee and had “dutifully turned over all documents that the committee had requested”. .”
“When we started this project in September 2020, we could never have anticipated that our work would one day be subpoenaed by Congress,” he said. “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 cling so desperately to power.
The committee repeatedly relied on filmmakers and journalists to fill in the gaps throughout its nearly year-long investigation.
In December, freelance photojournalist Amy Harris sued the committee over her subpoena of her phone recordings. She said the subpoena violated longstanding legal protections for journalists.
In the months leading up to Jan. 6, Ms. Harris had covered for the Proud Boys and was present when the band’s members stormed the Capitol. Several of his January 6 photographs have appeared in major publications, including the Washington Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“These protections reflect an overriding public interest in the existence and maintenance of a vigorous, aggressive and independent press capable of advancing robust and unfettered debate on controversial issues and are based on the firm recognition that the collection of Effective reporting significantly depends on the ability of journalists to secure the trust and confidence of their sources,” her complaint said.
The panel also featured testimony from Nick Quested, another British documentary filmmaker who filmed members of the Proud Boys during the Capitol Riot, during his primetime hearing earlier this month.
Before testifying publicly, Mr. Quested participated in closed-door interviews with the committee and provided footage to the panel.
The committee is holding its fourth hearing on Tuesday in a series of public appearances the panel has launched this month to unveil its findings.
Republicans, who nearly unanimously oppose the committee, accuse Democrats of staging the hearing to smear Mr. Trump and the GOP and to distract from the party’s inability to fight the inflation and other more important issues for voters.
Mr Trump said the committee was a “kangaroo court”. He said the sole purpose of the committee was to bar him from running in the 2024 presidential election.
On Friday, Mr. Trump called the committee members “crooks” at a conference organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“There is no clearer example of the menacing spirit that has consumed the American left than the disgraceful performance staged by the ‘Unselect Committee,’” Mr. said Trump.