In a clip of the documentary from filmmaker Alex Holder, obtained by CNN, Pence is shown an email from a member of his staff that includes the draft House resolution requiring Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.
Pence tells his helper, “Yes, excellent,” when he receives the phone with the email. He then gives a painful smile and asks the helper to “ask Zach to print me out of a hard copy for the trip home.” Pence then gathers himself for the rest of the interview.
The next clip shows Pence saying, “I’m always hopeful about America,” juxtaposed against the backdrop of crews erecting security fences around the Capitol building.
The footage of Pence’s interview, which has not previously been released, was captured less than a week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US capital in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Pence had to be evacuated to safety during calls from rioters to “Hang Mike Pence”.
In the short clip of 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 decision. But the video is a small selection of the extra content that the committee now has. However, the documentary states that the former vice president during his interview refused to discuss anything related to January 6th.
Holder, the filmmaker, appeared behind closed doors on Thursday for a clarification with the committee on January 6, which probably asked him what he observed over the course of nearly six months as he had behind-the-scenes access to Trump’s key figures and even the former president himself .
In a clip from an interview with Trump in March 2021 in Mar-a-Lago, the former president is asked directly about what happened on January 6th.
“Well, it was a sad day, but it was a day when there was a lot of anger in our country and people went to Washington primarily because they were angry about an election they think was scammed,” Trump said.
“As you know, a very small portion went down to the Capitol, and then a very small portion of them went in,” Trump continued. “But I want to tell you that they were angry from the point of view of what happened at 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 6. “
Holder’s “Unexpected” documentary series in three parts 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 outcome.
Trump and his allies have not yet responded publicly to news that Holder was summoned by the committee or to the revelation of what was said in the interviews that the panel now holds.
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 closest to the former president said in the run-up to and after January 6th.
In a short clip from CNN from December 2020, Ivanka Trump told the filmmaker: “As the president has said, every single vote must be counted and must be heard. He campaigned for the voiceless.”
These comments seem to contradict the feeling she expressed in the documentary interview.
The documentary also features Pence, who details the process of Trump’s selection of him as his candidate. He talks about Trump inviting his family to his property in Bedminster, New Jersey and playing golf with the then GOP nominee as part of his appraisal process.
The documentary then notes how Trump attacked Pence on January 6, when rioters urged him to linger before moving on to an interview clip from Trump.
“I think I treat people well unless they treat me well, in which case you go to war,” Trump says.