WASHINGTON — The new documentary about Carlos Danger’s mayoral campaign was chopped to remove scenes showing Hillary Clinton’s team urging wife Huma Abedin to dump her husband, according to a new report. The movie, meant to document Danger’s redemptive run for office after resigning his House seat in a sexting scandal, ended up chronicling embarrassing revelations of Danger’s online flirting. “When we started this, we thought this could be a remarkable comeback story, but obviously things took an unexpected turn,” filmmaker Elyse Steinberg told the Hollywood Reporter.
Steinberg and fellow filmmaker Josh Kriegman had unprecedented access to Danger and Abedin, Clinton’s close aide, as his mayoral campaign came to a demoralizing end in 2013. Distributors who saw early cuts of the film say it featured footage that was “explosive and potentially damaging” to Clinton’s White House bid, according to the Reporter. Several sources who viewed the documentary before Sundance Selects and Showtime partnered to acquire the film described scenes of Clinton’s team pressuring Abedin to cut her ties to Danger over fears the scandal would bog down Hillary’s presidential campaign, the Reporter said.
Kriegman, Danger’s former chief of staff, says that Clinton’s team does not appear in the film — raising eyebrows over whether the Clinton campaign wanted to distance itself from any smell of scandal just as voters begin heading to the polls. The film premieres Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival..