If you’re wondering why the J6 hearing started so late today, one possible reason is that the committee spent the morning interviewing Alex Holder. I know, Say who?
A little background. Holder is a British documentarian. And according to his statement to the media after his appearance today, he has been filming and interviewing Trump for BBC 6 for more than 20 years.
And in the weeks before and after J6, Holder was in the White House, filming Trump and his family, including not 1 but 2 different exclusive interviews with Trump, one before, and one after the Capitol riot. And now the J6 committee has 11 hours of his rw footage.
What could go wrong? Dear Lord, let me count the ways. For starters, there’s already blowback, and this is just starting. In the first J6 hearing, they played video deposition of Ivanka basically saying her father was full of shit, and she respected and believed Bill Barr that there was no massive voter fraud. But in an interview with Holder before Christmas, Ivanka said she was telling her father to fight like hell, since there were serious fraud allegations out there. This was well after she listened to Barr. Which is it?
Next. It appears that while this guy had pretty much free rein in the White House almost nobody on the staff knew who he was! And if that sounds familiar, it’s because Trump pulled exactly the same lame shit with muckraking author Michael Wolff, giving him unfettered access. And look how well that turned out.
You can’t overestimate the fact, if it’s true, and there’s no reason to believe that it isn’t that Holder has worked with Trump for more than 20 years. Trump values relationships, mainly because he has so few of them. Sitting across from Holder would be easy and familiar for him, loosening him up.
Now consider Trump’s mentality towards the media. In the gospel of Trump, there is no such thing as bad media, there is only free media. Trump will talk to almost anybody with a pen and paper. It doesn’t matter what he says, it doesn’t matter what the author says about him, people are talking about him, and to Trump, that’s all that counts.
You can always tell when Trump is lying, his mouth is open, and there’s no meat in it. Trump literally can’t string two sentences together without lying his ass off. And when he actually tells the truth, usually he should have shut up, because it’s something he shouldn’t have said, but only says it to make himself look powerful and important.
Which is what makes these two interviews so potentially catastrophic for Trump. Since nobody on the staff knew who Holder was, it is highly likely that their interviews were private, with no staff or WH lawyers to listen in and steer him clear of the shoals. And after 20 years, Holder must be very proficient in playing on Trump’s ego and vanity to draw him out.
Who knows that Trump said in the pre J6 interview about how brilliant he was, and how intricate and ultimately successful his schemes to hang onto power would be?
And in the post J6 interview, when Trump’s fury would be at its zenith, and his panic almost palpable, who knows that Trump will say about Pence, GOP House members who failed him, the mob, or whomever he can find to blame for Fucking up a perfectly brilliant plan! And the J6 committee has all of it.
I have long said that Trump himself carries the seeds of his own destruction. Because as I’ve said, Every con man’s first and greatest mark is himself, because he cons himself into believing his own bullshit in his own mental superiority. Hearing number 6 was supposed to show Trump’s full complicity in engineering the violence on January 6th, followed by the Grand Finale in prime time. But depending on what these interview videos show, I can easily see the committee adding another hearing, just to convict Trump, possibly Ivanka, and who knows who else right from their own mouths. Don’t touch that dial.