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On Thursday, Business Insider reported that Alex Holder, the British documentary filmmaker who went behind the scenes during former President Donald Trump's plot to overthrow the 2020 presidential election, revealed new details about how the former president's children reacted to his loss in private.
"Holder in a Tuesday interview with Insider described the seeing a 'mixture' of reactions among Trump's three eldest children: Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr," reported Sophia Ankel.
"There was an attitude that one of them would give which was sort of incredibly bitter and angry about the end result," Holder said. "And then there were the other children who were totally in denial and would not even refer or discuss or engage with anything to do with the fact that they were no longer in the White House and the catastrophe that had taken place earlier."
Holder did not elaborate on which of the three children had which reactions.
"Trump's two eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, have vocally stood behind their father in his unfounded claims the election was stolen," the report noted. "In a string of text messages, first reported by CNN, Don Jr. encouraged former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue 'multiple paths" to overturn his father's election loss. In a separate interview with The Independent, Holder said that Eric was unconcerned about potential violence from Trump supporters reacting to false claims of election fraud. In contrast, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, stayed tight-lipped in the final weeks of Trump's presidency while slowly distancing themselves from the administration, according to The New York Times."
Holder's documentary, which is scheduled to air on July 10th on Discovery+, has gained significant publicity after the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots subpoenaed his footage as part of their investigation.
This comes as Ivanka's conduct in the run-up to the January 6 attack has come under fresh scrutiny. She claimed in a deposition for the House January 6 Committee that she agreed with former Attorney General William Barr's assessment debunking Trump's conspiracy theories about the election, but privately in 2020, she said she believed Trump should "continue to fight" the election results.
Jan. 6 committee has already established Trump's direct links to the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers: reporter
The Jan. 6 committee has established that former President Donald Trump reached out to two close associates who had direct links to the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys extremist groups, and its next hearing is expected to further examine those links.
Cassidy Hutchinson testified last week that Trump directed his chief of staff Mark Meadows to call Mike Flynn and Roger Stone on the night before Jan. 6, 2021, and the former White House aide said she had to talk her boss out of going to the Willard Hotel, where Flynn and Stone were staying.
According to Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell, these revelations tie the former president closer to the insurrection plot.
\u201cGuardian US: Trump seeking to contact Stone and Flynn on Jan. 5 is also notable since it was Trump himself who initiated the outreach \u2014 this was Trump seeking their input, not them freelancing to him things like strategies to overturn the 2020 election results.\u201d— Hugo Lowell (@Hugo Lowell) 1657196808
"Trump seeking to contact Stone and Flynn on Jan. 5 is also notable since it was Trump himself who initiated the outreach," Lowell tweeted. "This was Trump seeking their input, not them freelancing to him things like strategies to overturn the 2020 election results."
Lowell went into further detail about his latest report on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about those Trump links to militia groups whose leaders have been charged with seditious conspiracy, and how the House Select Committee will examine those ties at their upcoming hearing set for Tuesday.
"I think the connection is the clearest we have had today," Lowell said. "It is really significant. We spent a lot of time focusing on Trump's connections to John Eastman and Mark Meadows and this political plan to stop the certification on Jan. 6, but if you step back and look at what was happening on Jan. 5, Trump knew by then that his vice president was not going to play ball and stop the certification. You can get an insight into what his frame of mind was. He was trying to get his chief of staff to call around and see what the plans were for Jan. 6, Cassidy Hutchinson filled in the blank."
"He was ordering Meadows to call Stone and Mike Flynn," Lowell continued. "These are two figures with extensive ties to extremist groups. Roger Stone has close ties to the Proud Boys way before the election was called for Joe Biden. They worked very closely together, they were personal friends. Mike Flynn, meanwhile, has his own protective detail all the way back through December with the Oath Keepers. These are people you would go to if you wanted to know what the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were planning to do on Jan. 6. The committee now has this through-line from Trump and the White House to the extremist groups."
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An attorney representing accused MAGA rioter Robert Morss has accused the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol of harming his client's ability to get a fair trial.
In a new court filing flagged by CBS News' Scott MacFarlane, Morss's defense attorney is now arguing that the J6 Committee's public hearings "have poisoned the jury pool" against their client.
The filing goes on to claim that the committee has "spoon fed to the entire nation a precisely choreographed rendition of Jan. 6th defendants as insurrectionists and murderous orchestrators of an attempted coup."
The 28-year-old Morss was a Pennsylvania-based substitute teacher whom federal prosecutors allege was caught on camera multiple times fighting with law enforcement officers during the deadly riots at the Capitol.
Video also allegedly shows him organizing a "shield wall" aimed at breaking through a line of officers in the Capitol building's Lower West Terrace tunnel.
He currently faces charges of assaulting officers, civil disorder, robbery of personal property of the U.S. and obstruction of an official proceeding.