November 28, 2023

Speaker Mike Johnson Releases January 6 Capitol Security Footage

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) launched safety footage from the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riots to the general public on Friday.

Johnson took to X, previously Twitter, and shared a hyperlink to a House web site containing 5 pages of movies with roughly 20 movies per web page.

“Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans,” Johnson tweeted moments earlier than releasing the CCTV tapes.

“To restore America’s trust and faith in their Government we must have transparency. This is another step towards keeping the promises I made when I was elected to be your Speaker,” he wrote in one other publish. 

It comes after Speaker Emeritus Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) provided then-Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson entry to what Axios reported was 41,000 hours of footage in February. Carlson aired a never-before-seen video of Jacob Chansley, the notorious “QAnon Shaman,” from the trove on his former present, Tucker Carlson Tonight, in March.

Carlson acknowledged in his commentary of the video that Capitol Police officers acted as “tour guides” to Chansley.

The clip “does not support the claim that January 6th was an insurrection. In fact, it demolished that claim,” Carlson stated. Carlson additionally referred to most of the protesters as “sightseers” somewhat than “insurrectionists.” 

Days later, McCarthy sat down with Breitbart News Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle and stated the GOP-led House meant to launch the total cache of footage to the general public. 

“We just want to make sure we go through them all, and it takes time,” he continued.

Exclusive: Speaker McCarthy Vows Full Public Release of January 6 Surveillance Tapes

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“The first thing that Tucker said too, he didn’t want to show any exits to cause any problems. We asked the Capitol Police, ‘Were there any concerns?’ They came back with one, and we mitigated that, but it was interesting, that one that they had a problem with, Eric Swalwell had had up on the internet for the last two years showing that part,” McCarthy stated.