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Trump hinted Jan 6th would be his 'last-ditch' attempt to overturn the election results: filmmaker Alex Holder
In an interview with the Guardian's Hugo Lowell, a British documentary maker who was filming behind-the-scenes footage in Donald Trump's White House on Jan 6th claimed he knew something bad was about to happen before supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
Alex Holder, whose film crew was on hand and filming Trump and his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka on Jan 6th, stated there was a feeling among his people that something momentous was about to happen.
According to Lowell, "Holder was there for it all: three sit-down interviews with Trump, including one at the White House, numerous other interviews with Trump’s adult children, private conversations among top aides and advisers before the election, and around the Capitol itself as it got stormed." adding, "The access to Trump, and listening to him and his inner circle, led him to suspect that the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election would somehow culminate in some event at the Capitol on 6 January."
Asked about what his feeling was prior to the riot that engulfed the Capitol building, Holder explained, "I wasn’t 100% sure, but it was sort of a feeling, so we prepared for that thing to happen. The reason we thought January 6 was because, in Trump’s mind, the last-ditch effort was to stop the process” of the vote certification by Congress.
He elaborated, "That ceremonial process that takes place in Congress on January 6, he felt, was the last time where he could, in his mind, stop the election going to the wrong person, as it were. The rhetoric that was coming out was that the election was rigged, [that] we need to fight.”
According to the Guardian report, Holder has, "testified for about four hours behind closed doors last week about his roughly 100 hours of footage, used for an upcoming documentary titled Unprecedented, and turned over to House investigators the parts demanded in a subpoena compelling his cooperation."
Lowell added, "Holder said he additionally did a one-to-one interview with then-vice president Mike Pence, including a scene where Pence briefly reviews an email about the 25th amendment – which concerns the removal of a US president – which was privately discussed among senior White House officials in the wake of the Capitol attack."
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In his column for the Daily Beast, conservative political commentator Matt Lewis expressed surprise -- and joy -- at how many former Donald Trump administration aides and officials have been willing to come forward at the House Jan 6th hearings where they have spilled the beans on possible criminal conduct by the former president.
Coming on the heels of the devastating testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, the former senior aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Lewis suggested that there appears to be a concerted effort by former Trump White House insiders to derail any hopes the former president may have about running again in 2024.
As Lewis noted, he can't remember any former president who has been on the receiving end of so many attacks by former staffers. That, he suggests, shows they consider him dangerous should he somehow be re-elected.
"I don’t think there has ever been a past president who has engendered such little loyalty from his inner circle (yes, I’m counting Richard Nixon). But never mind presidents. How many people have you worked with who think you’re unfit and unstable?" he wrote before adding, "I’m guessing that number does not even approach Trump’s."
"The good news, for those of us who can’t fathom another four years of Trump, is that so far—thanks to the way they’ve been conducted—this seems to be slowly making a dent," he speculated. "... what we have seen with a year-long accretion of evidence is an almost glacial movement away from Donald Trump (akin to Homer Simpson disappearing into a bush)."
According to Lewis, conservatives likely see Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) as Trump's heir apparent and are doing what they can to make his path past Trump easier in the hopes of reclaiming the Republican party.
Writing, "To be sure, it’s early. Trump has been written off prematurely too many times for me to make that mistake again. But should this trend continue, the Jan. 6 Committee will deserve much of the credit. Likewise, Nancy Pelosi and Democrats will deserve credit for letting Cheney and Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger do most of the talking," he added "This time around, the public is watching bonafide Republicans ask bonafide Republicans who worked for Trump to describe just how erratic and criminal his presidency was. That seems to have made a difference."
"The public is getting to see why an astonishing number of Republicans who signed up to Make America Great have decided that the best way to do that is to put America First and make sure he’s not the GOP nominee in 2024," he concluded.
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According to a report from the Daily Beast's Zachary Petrizzo, Donald Trump has patched things up with Kellyanne Conway after he flipped out on his former adviser after writing in her White House tell-all book that he had lost the 2020 presidential election.
The report notes that, by all appearances, Conway would once again be by the former president's side should he run for president again in 2024 after a brief period spat over her book " Here's the Deal," where she also lashed out at other members of his administration --primarily son-in-law Jared Kushner.
According to the report, prior to publication, the former president made plans to give her book sales a boost despite his having not read it --but those plans were shelved when he was informed about some of the assertions she made.
According to the Beast report, two sources stated, "... before he read the book, Trump was planning to send out a 'positive' and 'glowing' press release touting not only Conway but their long-standing relationship. Instead, Trump issued a stinging attack."
After it was reported that Conway admitted the 2020 election did not go his way, and she claimed she told Trump that to his face, the former president issued an angry statement, saying, "Kellyanne Conway never told me that she thought we lost the election. If she had, I wouldn’t have dealt with her any longer—she would have been wrong—could go back to her crazy husband.”
He added, "Writing books can make people say some very strange things.”
Since that time, Conway has increased her attacks on her husband, conservative attorney George Conway, and she and Trump have put aside their brief dispute.
According to Petrizzo, "But for all the drama Conway’s book caused, those within Trump’s orbit say the frustration with his former adviser didn’t last," with his source stating, "Kellyanne occupies unique and prime real estate in Donald Trump’s legacy and heart, and that’s why they’re in regular touch."
ASs for Trump, he issued a statement to the Beast saying, "I have a very good relationship with Kellyanne," while skipping additional questions about the book blow-up.
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