On Tuesday, just as the January 6th Committee was preparing to hold its fourth public hearing, the committee was also subpoenaing a documentarian for footage of interviews that he conducted with Donald Trump and his family during the January 6th timeframe. The documentarian then promptly announced on Twitter that he had immediately complied with the subpoena.
It’s all raised the question of why this is just now happening. Why didn’t the committee seek these recordings earlier? That’s because the committee didn’t know these recordings, made by an overseas documentarian, existed until now. This is yet another example of how new evidence leads to more new evidence.
The committee spent a very long time interviewing one low level January 6th witness after another, not only to amass supporting evidence for what was already publicly known, but also to pull on the threads that would gradually unravel the portions of January 6th that Trump world had managed to succeed in covering up.
Now that the committee has unearthed bucket loads of evidence and is publicly airing it on television, these kinds of things tend to snowball. Someone sees the hearings, remembers having seen someone else recording something, and lets the committee know that something else is out there to be tracked down. It’s clear that the snowballing is now well underway – and that’s not good news for Donald Trump.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report