Likely as a promise kept to the conservative House Freedom Caucus as part of their conditions to support him for his post, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has turned over all surveillance footage of the U.S. Capitol Building during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot there, which amounts to around 41,000 hours, to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Axios sources have indicated that TV producers working with Carlson started to review the footage on Capitol Hill last week.
“[T]here was never any legitimate reason for this footage to remain secret,” Carlson told Axios. “If there was ever a question that’s in the public’s interest to know, it’s what actually happened on January 6.”
On January 6, 2021, a group of individuals breached the U.S. Capitol, disrupting a joint session of Congress that was verifying the 2020 presidential election results in favor of President Joe Biden. The Capitol Police reported that cameras situated in and around the Capitol captured over 14,000 hours of footage between noon and 8 p.m. on that day.
However, Axios suggests that an additional nearly 30,000 hours of footage related to the event also exists, the Daily Wire reported.
“By definition, this video will reveal it,” Carlson said. “It’s impossible for me to understand why any honest person would be bothered by that.”
Despite Democratic-controlled congressional committees and law enforcement being granted access to the Capitol Police archive of January 6 footage, the police warned against sharing it with defendant’s attorneys without appropriate safeguards to prevent unauthorized duplication and dissemination, raising national security concerns among government officials.
Following an 18-month investigation and hearings that featured selected security video clips, the January 6 Committee issued its final report last month, which recommended charges against former President Donald Trump and made dozens of witness materials public. The committee also recommended several House Republicans, including McCarthy, for ethics sanctions for failing to comply with its subpoenas, according to the outlet.
Previously, McCarthy had expressed his intent to pursue the release of unreleased U.S. Capitol security footage from the day of the riot. McCarthy criticized the committee’s final report, stating that it was “written for a political basis,” and stated that the American public “should see” what occurred.
“We’re going through that,” McCarthy stated. “I want to be very careful about it. But, yes, I’m committed to doing so.”
Last month, House Republicans Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Troy Nehls (R-TX), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released a 141-page report detailing their investigation into what they perceive as shortcomings on the part of House Democratic leadership and Capitol authorities, which left the complex exposed to the events of that day.
Banks, who led the GOP effort, said the report “exposes the partisanship, incompetence, and indifference that led to the disaster on January 6 and the leading role Speaker Pelosi and her office played in the security failure at the Capitol.”
The incident at the Capitol was a riot, not an insurrection, and there was never any ‘danger’ of “losing our democracy.” In fact, there are credible reports indicating that the ‘riot’ was part of a false flag operation set up by the left-wing deep state to further tarnish Trump.
Shortly after the incident, a trained observer who is an expert in spotting such observations, J. Michael Waller, who was at the Capitol that day, wrote about what he saw in a piece for The Federalist a week after the breach:
- Plainclothes militants. Militant, aggressive men in Donald Trump and MAGA gear at a front police line at the base of the temporary presidential inaugural platform;
- Agents-provocateurs. Scattered groups of men exhorting the marchers to gather closely and tightly toward the center of the outside of the Capitol building and prevent them from leaving;
- Fake Trump protesters. A few young men wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in terms of their actions and demeanor, whom I presumed to be Antifa or other leftist agitators; and
- Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers. A column of organized, disciplined men, wearing similar but not identical camouflage uniforms and black gear, some with helmets and GoPro cameras or wearing subdued Punisher skull patches.