Jan 6 witness, Trump documentary-maker predicted riots to 'be even worse'
- British filmmaker Alex Holder, who filmed Donald Trump, claimed he predicted the Jan 6 insurrection
- Holder filmed Trump during and after the election and testified on Thursday
- His documentary will be released later this year
Alex Holder, a British filmmaker whose crew filmed former US President Donald Trump and his close associates around the 2020 Presidential Elections, told media on Thursday that he had expected the attack on the US Capitol to "be even worse."
Holder, in an interview with CBS, said that he had predicted the attack and even joked about it with his crew on the eve of the January 6 insurrection, telling them, "You know the president’s gonna tell everyone to march on the Capitol."
The filmmaker went to explain that the "volume of rhetoric and sort of the belligerence that was coming out post-election was so significant" that it "had to end with something violent."
“Even if you look at the way the campaign was going on before, the idea of the election being something that was going to be irregular was already coming up during that time as well," Holder added, speaking to CBS' Norah O’Donnell.
"You’re telling 75 million people that their election doesn’t count, and they, you know, believe you. You’re their president, and they voted for you, and you’re saying that their election doesn’t count, and then what — what else is gonna happen?," Holder further said.
The filmmaker, who had filmed Trump both during the election, as well as before and after the attack on the US Capitol, also testified before the House Select Committee in a two-hour closed-door session during the fifth Jan 6 hearing on Thursday.
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Holder also turned over a considerable amount of material to the panel investigating the insurrection, including footage of the Capitol riot, and interviews with Trump, Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, daughter Ivanka, Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
The filmmaker's turning in of evidence, coupled with other factors, is understood to have impacted the panel's decision to postpone the remaining two hearings to July to have time to review the new evidence.
Meanwhile, the product of Holder's efforts - a three-part documentary titled 'Unprecedented' - is set to be released later this year.