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Several of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies sat down for talks during his final weeks in office with a British filmmaker after being assured they had editorial input on the final product, two people say familiar with the situation.
Several people were told that it focused on Trump’s legacy and that it would be a flattering portrayal.
But 17 months later, filmmaker Alex Holder was subpoenaed by the January 6 committee and handed over hours of his footage. It made some in the former president’s orbit nervous, they told CNN, mainly because several don’t recall the full extent of their comments.
Several of the interviews, including with Ivanka Trump, were conducted after Trump lost the election, but while he was still contesting it. Most of Ivanka’s interview focused on her relationship with her father, in addition to a public commentary on the ongoing legal challenges over the election.
Others, including Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence, also sat down for talks. Donald Trump Jr. sat down for an hour with Holder about three weeks before the election, another source said. They attempted to interview Donald Trump Jr. again but ultimately never did.
A lawyer representing Holder denies that Trump obtained editorial control of the final product.
“The Trumps neither requested nor were granted any editorial control over the series. On the contrary, Alex Holder stated from the outset that he would have full editorial control. Nor did the Trumps request any contractual right review, or even review, so there is none,” Holder’s attorney Russell Smith said in a statement to CNN.
Now some VIPs are worried about what was said on camera, given that hours of footage has been flipped. A former aide downplayed the likelihood that anything relevant to the committee was said.
A person familiar with the matter said the talks were orchestrated by Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s Middle East peace envoy who left the administration in 2019 but remained in close contact with senior officials. Greenblatt did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Holder sat for a deposition with the committee Thursday morning behind closed doors.