House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been receiving criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media after he released over 40,000 hours of previously unseen footage from the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. McCarthy shared the unseen footage with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who spent several days airing footage on his program.
Despite the criticism, McCarthy remains steadfast in his decision, promising to give the public access to the footage after his team reviews all of it to address any potential security concerns.
In response to the release of the footage, nine major media organizations, including The New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press, and ProPublica, have sued the Justice Department and the FBI for access to the video footage of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
House Republicans are also launching their own version of a Jan. 6 committee that will “reinvestigate” what happened at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk will chair the new panel and says they will “investigate both sides” and “show what really happened on Jan. 6.”
This move comes after House Republicans issued a scathing report exposing former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her role in security and intelligence failures at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Emails and text messages from Pelosi’s office reveal her staff held regular meetings discussing security detail, helped edit authorities’ plans, and turned down several requests from federal law enforcement needed to protect the Capitol on that day.
The report also claims that Pelosi and her staff “coordinated closely” with House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who answered to Pelosi as one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, on security plans for the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6, but Republicans were deliberately left out of “important discussions related to security.”
In an apparent attempt to hide from Republicans the fact that they were being excluded from discussions, Irving asked a senior Democratic staffer to “act surprised” when he sent “key information about plans for the Joint Session on Jan. 6, 2021, to him and his Republican counterpart.”