House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters on Thursday that he intended to release all footage of the January 6 riots in the Capitol.
“I want to be very considerate, but yes, I’m engaged to it,” McCarthy told reporters when asked if he would release footage of the day.
I think the public should see what happened that day. I watched what Nancy Pelosi did where she politicized it. Where, for the first time in history as marshal, he did not allow minorities to appoint to the commission. We’ve seen this politicized. I think the American public should see what happened, not a report written on a political basis.
Speaker McCarthy promises to release all surveillance footage since January 6 pic.twitter.com/WgBYhSYRxZ
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 12, 2023
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who led the prosecution against McCarthy on numerous ballots, claimed that McCarthy had promised to release the January 6 Capitol material as one of his concessions to McCarthy’s opponents. Gaetz told Charlie Kirk on Tuesday:
Kevin McCarthy has told us that he is going to present evidence to the American people, and that means revealing 14,000 hours of hidden tapes. I think it would have given a fuller context to the day, rather than the selective moments that the January 6 committee tried to use to inflame and further divide our country.
Gaetz also thanked McCarthy on Twitter after a video of McCarthy’s comments on the material’s release surfaced online.
“Thank you to the 20 Patriots who helped EARN this Commitment from the Speaker,” Gaetz tweeted. “Thank you @SpeakerMcCarthy for confirming your commitment. Keeping promises is how you build trust. I’m getting more and more optimistic day by day!”
Thank you to the 20 patriots who helped EARN this pledge from the Speaker.
Thank you @SpeakerMcCarthy for confirming the commitment made.
Keeping promises is how you build trust.
I am becoming more and more optimistic every day! https://t.co/uYAaT5sG0f
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 12, 2023
House Republicans have long demanded access to the January 6 surveillance tapes. A group of 23 Republican lawmakers led by former congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) wrote a letter in August to Capitol Police Board chairman William J. Walker that argued that releasing the footage was “absolutely necessary for proper governance and truth.”
However, a spokesperson for the Capitol Police Department stated that release of the footage “ultimately will be up to the Capitol Police Board” in a statement to Washington Times.
“The video has been marked as a safety information and is therefore protected from public disclosure. His release would ultimately be up to the Capitol Police Board, not the Department, a spokesman for the Capitol Police Department said.
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