The hearing begins at 1 pm EST. It’s supposed to focus on the pressure put on states to flip the election to Trump. We should expect to hear also about the fake electors, I understand.
See also Greg Sargent, Trump’s open confession will loom large at today’s Jan. 6 hearing. (No firewall.)
There are headlines today saying that Trump and his ever shrinking circle are setting up John Eastman to take the fall for any criminal acts committed by them regarding January 6. See What’s That Grease Stain Under the Bus? by Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns & Money.
Update: I spent most of the afternoon fighting with my PC, which kept me from writing much, but it’s working now.
So how about that Rusty Bowers? I understand the guy is something of an SOB, but he was a great witness. And there seems to be widespread agreement that Trump is now directly tied to the fake electors scheme. We learned that Ron Johnson tried to hand fake elector information to Mike Pence on January 6. Oopsie, Ron Johnson!
Rolling Stone is reporting that Trump and his team have been “blindsided” by some documentary footage the January 6 committee has acquired.
The Jan. 6 committee has subpoenaed documentary filmmaker Alex Holder in regard to footage and interviews Holder and his team shot while following former President Donald Trump and his inner circle throughout the 2020 presidential campaign. Holder’s company, AJH Films, confirmed to Rolling Stone on Tuesday that he has been subpoenaed, will sit for an interview with the panel on Thursday, and has “fully complied with all of the committee’s requests.”
Trump’s team was blindsided by the development, which was initially reported by Politico.
In some of the highest ranks of the Trumpworld diaspora — including among several who testified before the Jan. 6 committee — news of the documentarian cooperating with the congressional panel (and also potentially having reams of behind-the-scenes footage of Trump’s crusade to nullify the 2020 election) came as a bizarre surprise. “What the fuck is this?” a former top Trump 2020 official messaged Rolling Stone on Tuesday after seeing the Politico item. …
…Holder released a statement later on Tuesday noting that he had “unparalleled access” to Trump and others over the final six weeks of his presidency and that he has “never-before-seen footage” of the Capitol attack. “When we began this project in September 2020, we could have never predicted that our work would one day be subpoenaed by Congress,” he wrote, adding that he had “no agenda coming into this” and only “wanted to better understand who the Trumps were and what motivated them to hold onto power so desperately.”
A source familiar with the production of Holder’s documentary, titled Unprecedented, told Rolling Stone that the film was conceptualized and coordinated directly with the Trump family, and that senior campaign staff was not involved in approving participants or in decisions regarding what subject matter would be included in the film. The source, who is knowledgeable about the project and its scope, detailed that Holder had extensive access to Trump campaign activities, including filming behind the scenes at campaign events and traveling with documentary subjects.
The committee announced today they are adding one more hearing.