After one of Pence’s aides handed him his phone, he read what CNN is claiming was the resolution from the House to enforce the 25th Amendment, the video showed. Pence responded, “Excellent,” and requested that it be printed out for him to look over during his trip home, according to the clip. But a spokesman for Pence disputed what he read was the resolution.
“In the documentary, Vice President Pence was reacting to a confirmation that his letter was sent to Speaker Pelosi rejecting her ploy to invoke 25th amendment,” the Pence spokesman said.
Pence is heard noting the time, 7:48 p.m., in the footage, which was the time when the White House sent Pence’s letter, as confirmed by the outlet.
But filmmaker Alex Holder, who is cooperating with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot by providing troves of videos he filmed during the final weeks of the Trump administration, claimed he saw the seal of the speaker of the House at the top of the document.
“Our director of photography also saw it as well,” Holder said. “At the time, I knew there was something that had happened, then afterwards, we then confirmed it.”
The House would go on to pass the resolution, which was a symbolic gesture and did not order the vice president to act, later that evening, largely along party lines. Trump was impeached for his words and actions preceding the Jan. 6 riot, but he was acquitted by the Senate. He was previously impeached on two Ukraine-related charges in 2019 before being acquitted by the Senate.
The CNN documentary is set to be released later this summer.