In a clip from filmmaker Alex Holder’s documentary, obtained by CNN, a member of his staff shows Pence an email that includes the House draft resolution calling for Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power, according to the documentary.
Pence tells his aide, “Yeah, great,” when he’s handed the phone with the email. She then offers a pained smile and asks the aide to “have Zach print me a hard copy for the ride home.” Pence then recovers for the rest of the interview.
The next clip shows Pence saying, “I’m always hopeful for America,” juxtaposed against the backdrop of crews erecting security fences around the Capitol building.
The footage of Pence’s interview, which has not been released previously, was captured less than a week after pro-Trump protesters stormed the US Capitol in an effort to stop the election victory from being certified. by Joe Biden. Pence had to be evacuated to safety amid calls from rioters to “Hang Mike Pence.”
In the short clip from the documentary to be released by Discovery Plus, which is owned by CNN’s parent company, Pence does not comment on the content of the resolution. But the video is a small sample of the additional content that is now in the possession of the committee. However, the documentary claims that during his interview, the former vice president refused to talk about anything related to January 6.
Holder, the filmmaker, appeared behind closed doors Thursday for a statement before the Jan. 6 committee, which likely asked him about what he observed over the course of nearly six months when he had behind-the-scenes access to key Trump figures and even the former president himself.
In a clip from a March 2021 interview with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the former president is asked directly about what happened on January 6.
“Well, it was a sad day, but it was a day where there was great anger in our country, and people went to Washington primarily because they were angry at an election that they think was rigged,” Trump said.
“A very small portion, as you know, went to Capitol Hill, and then a very small portion of them went in,” Trump continued. “But I will tell you that they were angry from the point of view of what happened in the election, because they are smart and they see, and they saw what happened. And I think that was a big part of what happened on January 6th. “
Holder’s “Unprecedented” three-part documentary series on the 2020 election will launch on Discovery Plus later this summer. The documentary includes never-before-seen footage of the Trump family on the campaign trail and their reactions to the election result.
Trump and his allies have yet to publicly react to the news that Holder was subpoenaed by the committee or the revelation of what was said in the interviews now in the possession of the panel.
The documentary includes interviews with Trump and three of his children: Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, according to clips released by Discovery Plus and obtained by CNN.
Like Trump, members of his family speak directly to the camera in the images. The interviews could provide a new perspective on what people closest to the former president were saying before and after Jan. 6.
In a brief clip obtained by CNN from December 2020, Ivanka Trump told the filmmaker, “As the president said, every vote needs to be counted and every vote needs to be heard. He campaigned for the voiceless.”
Those comments seem to contradict the sentiment he expressed in the documentary interview.
The documentary also features Pence speaking in detail about the process of selecting Trump as his running mate. He talks about Trump inviting his family to his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, and playing golf with the then-GOP candidate as part of his vetting process.
The documentary then points to how Trump attacked Pence on January 6 when rioters called for him to be hanged, before moving on to a clip of a Trump interview.
“I think I treat people right, unless they don’t treat me right, in which case you go to war,” Trump says.
This story has been updated to include the letter Pence sent to House Speaker Pelosi refusing to invoke the 25th Amendment.