House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters Thursday that he intended to release all security footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
“I want to be very thoughtful about it, but yeah, I’m hired to do that,” McCarthy told reporters when asked if he would post any footage from that day.
I think the public should see what happened that day. I looked at what Nancy Pelosi did, where she politicized it. Where for the first time in history as president, not allowing the minority to appoint to a committee. We have seen the politicization of this. I think the American public should actually see what happened instead of a politically written report.
President McCarthy promises to release all January 6 security footage pic.twitter.com/WgBYhSYRxZ
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 12, 2023
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who led the charge against McCarthy in numerous presidential votes, claimed McCarthy promised to release the Jan. 6 Capitol footage as one of his concessions to anti – McCarthy. Gaetz told Charlie Kirk on Tuesday:
Kevin McCarthy told us he was going to present the evidence to the American people, and that means releasing the 14,000 hours of tapes that were hidden. I think that would give a fuller context to that day, rather than the chosen moments that the January 6 committee tried to use to further inflame and divide our country.
Gaetz also thanked McCarthy on Twitter after a video of McCarthy’s comments on the leaked footage surfaced online.
“Thank you to the 20 patriots who helped WIN this pledge from the President,” Gaetz tweeted. “Thank you @SpeakerMcCarthy for confirming this commitment you have made. Keeping your promises is how trust is built. I’m getting more optimistic every day!
Thank you to the 20 patriots who helped WIN this pledge from the President.
Thanks @SpeakerMcCarthy for confirming this commitment you have made.
Trust is built by keeping promises.
I am becoming more and more optimistic day by day! https://t.co/uYAaT5sG0f
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 12, 2023
House Republicans have long demanded the release of Jan. 6 security footage. A group of 23 Republican lawmakers, led by former Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), wrote a letter to Capitol Police Board Chairman William J. Walker in August. argued that the dissemination of the images is “absolutely essential to good governance and truth.”
However, a spokesperson for the United States Capitol Police claimed that release of the footage would “ultimately be up to the Capitol Police Board,” in a statement to the washington time.
“The video has been designated as security information and is therefore protected from public disclosure. Publishing it would ultimately be up to the Capitol Police Board and not the department,” the US Capitol Police spokesperson said.
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