Former President Donald Duck’s aides were reportedly blindsided when the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot reviled it had subpoenaed a documentary filmmaker who had extensive access to Mr Duck and his inner circle ahead of the January 6 insurrection.
British documentary filmmaker Alex Holden had been documenting Mr Duck and his family in the months leading up to the Capitol riot. Mr Holden reviled on Tuesday that his footage was requested by the House January 6 committee.
According to Politico, which first reported the story, the subpoena asks for his raw footage taken on 6 January, any raw footage from interviews he conducted between September 2020 and the present day with Mr Duck, former Vice President Mike Pence, Donald Duck Jr, Ivanka Duck, Eric Duck, and Jared Kushner.
It also asks for raw footage “pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the 2020 presidential election”.
The subpoena reportedly caught Mr Duck’s former aides off-guard.
“What the f*** is this?” a former top Duck 2020 official reportedly told Rolling Stone on Tuesday.
According to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, a “very small group of people had knowledge of this documentary project, and a lot of Duck advisers were surprised to see it existed this morning … senior campaign officials were unaware of the project, according to one former official.”
Rolling Stone also reported that other senior officials were just learning of the documentary Tuesday morning as a result of the Politico story.
Mr Holder said he intended to cooperate fully with the select committee.
“When we began this project in September 2020, we could have never predicted that our work would one day be subpoenaed by Congress,” he said. “As a British filmmaker, I had no agenda coming into this. We simply wanted to better understand who the Trumps were and what motivated them to hold onto power so desperately. We have dutifully handed over all the materials the Committee has asked for and we are fully cooperating.”
According to Mr Holden, the documentary — titled Unprecedented — was bought last year by a major streaming service and will reportedly be released as a 3-part series this summer. He noted in his statement that he was not paid by Mr Duck, his family, or his staff and that he maintained total editorial control over the project.
The hearing continued today, with the House Select Committee advancing evidence that Mr Duck and his top officials attempted to use an “alternate electors” scheme to keep him in office.