After disclosing over 40,000 hours of footage from the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is unconcerned about criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media. Tucker Carlson broadcast the unedited footage on his Fox News program for several days after McCarthy shared it.
McCarthy promised, as part of his announcement to the media, to make all of the recordings available to the public once his team has reviewed them to address any potential security concerns.
“This is the challenge. The Democrats told us it was only 14,000 hours of tapes, lo and behold, we take the majority and it’s 42,000 hours, so that would take me years to go all the way through,” McCarthy told reporters. “Yeah, I think the public should see what’s happened to them.”
“We’ve worked with the Capitol Police [to] tell us about [any] section that there was a problem. And that takes a long time. But we want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to come and see what they want,” he said. “So we’ve created the process to make that start happening.”
McCarthy is under increasing pressure to disclose footage to the media, nearly a month after he initially promised to do so.
“Nine major media organizations have sued the Justice Department and the FBI for access to the video footage of the Jan. 6 insurrection. The nine include The New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press, and ProPublica. Public materials must be truly public. If Mr. McCarthy can give the stash to one talk show host, he can, and should, give it to every media organization and the public at large,” The Post-Gazette reported.
“That’s why the speaker must release the material to everyone. Everyone must have the chance to watch it and decide the narrative, and the more narratives we have, the better chance the public has of knowing what happened,” the outlet added.
In addition, House Republicans are forming their own committee on January 6 to “reinvestigate” the events of 2021 at the Capitol.
In a statement regarding the mission, Georgia Republican Representative Barry Loudermilk, who will chair the new commission, states that they will “investigate both sides” and “show what actually occurred on January 6.”
According to CBS News, Loudermilk stated that the commission may interrogate former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Capitol security prior to January 6.
House Republicans issued an incendiary report excoriating Pelosi for her failures in the security and intelligence of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
According to emails and text messages from the then-Speaker’s office, Pelosi’s staff held regular meetings regarding security detail, assisted authorities in revising their plans, and denied multiple requests from federal law enforcement for assistance safeguarding the Capitol on that day.
“Days after Pelosi’s Jan. 6 select committee recommended insurrection charges against former president Donald Trump over the Capitol riot, Republicans have hit back with a counter-investigation apportioning blame for the internal security breakdown on Jan. 6 to Pelosi and a dysfunctional Capitol Police intelligence division,” New York Post reported.
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House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who answered to Pelosi as one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, “succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership,” was “compromised by politics and did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol.” CONTINUE READING…