In an excerpt from filmmaker Alex Holder’s documentary, which was obtained by CNN, Pence receives an email from a member of his staff, who the documentary says includes the proposed House resolution demanding that Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power. .
A spokesperson for Pence, however, disputed the characterization, calling it fabricated. “In the documentary, Vice President Pence was reacting to confirmation that his letter had been sent to Speaker Pelosi rejecting her ploy to invoke the 25th Amendment,” Pence’s spokesperson said.
Holder told CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview to air Thursday night about the email Pence received, “I was able to see on the phone what it was.”
CNN cannot independently confirm what was shown to Pence during the interview.
In the documentary interview, Pence tells his assistant, “Yeah, great,” as he is handed the phone with the email. He then offers a pained smirk and asks the assistant to “tell Zach to print me a hard copy for the trip home.” Pence then collects himself for the rest of the interview.
The next clip shows Pence saying, “I still have hope for America,” juxtaposed against the backdrop of teams erecting security fencing around the Capitol building.
Previously unreleased footage of Pence’s interview was captured less than a week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. 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 substance of the resolution. But the video is just a small sample of the additional content currently in the committee’s possession. However, the documentary indicates that during his interview, the former vice president refused to discuss anything related to January 6.
Holder, the filmmaker, appeared on Thursday behind closed doors for deposition before the Jan. 6 committee, which likely questioned him about what he observed over the nearly six months when he had behind-the-scenes access to key Trump figures and even the former president himself.
In an excerpt 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 when there was great anger in our country, and people went to Washington mainly because they were angry about an election that they think be rigged,” Trump said.
“A very small portion, as you know, went down to the Capitol and then a very small portion of them went in,” Trump continued. “But I’ll tell you they were angry from the standpoint of what happened in the election, because they’re smart, and they see, and they saw what happened. And I believe that was a big part of what happened on January 6.”
Holder’s “Unprecedented” three-part documentary series about the 2020 election will be released 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 results.
Trump and his allies have yet to publicly react to the news that Holder has been subpoenaed by the committee or to the revelation of what was said in interviews currently in the possession of the panel.
The documentary includes interviews with Trump as well as three of his children: Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, according to clips released by Discovery Plus and obtained by CNN.
Like Trump, his family members speak directly to the camera in the footage. The interviews could provide new insight into what those close to the former president were saying before and after January 6.
In a short clip obtained by CNN from December 2020, Ivanka Trump told the filmmaker, “As the President said, every vote should be counted and should be heard. He campaigned for the voiceless.”
These comments seem to contradict the sentiment she 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 estate in Bedminster, New Jersey and playing golf with the then-GOP nominee as part of his vetting process.
The documentary then notes how Trump attacked Pence on January 6 as rioters called for his hanging, before turning to an interview clip of Trump.
“I think I treat people well, unless they don’t treat me well, in which case you go to war,” Trump said.
UPDATE: This story and headline have been updated to reflect that a spokesperson for former Vice President Mike Pence took issue with the content of the email to which Pence reacted in the documentary footage.