House Begins Releasing Jan 6th Videos to the Public! Speaker Johnson keeps his promise!
by Jeff Charles, Redstate.com, Novewmvber 17, 2023
Soon, (STARTING NOW - CLICK HERE TO VIEW FIRST BATCH) all Americans will be able to view the entire footage of the riot at the U.S. Capitol building that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021. House Speaker Mike Johnson announced on Friday that he would be releasing the J6 footage in all of its totality to the public.
The move could mark a significant shift in the ongoing discourse and narratives surrounding the events of that day. In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Johnson made the announcement.
"Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans."
Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans.— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) November 17, 2023
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram posted a thread on X in which he highlighted remarks Johnson made about his announcement.
1) Johnson: When I ran for Speaker, I promised to make accessible to the American people the 44,000 hours of video from Capitol Hill security taken on January 6, 2021. Truth and transparency are critical.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 17, 2023
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Johnson explained that Congress “will begin immediately posting video on a public website and move as quickly as possible to add to the website nearly all of the footage” and that “a public viewing room will ensure that every citizen can view every minute of the videos uncensored.”
He also laid out the reasoning for releasing the footage:
This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the media an ability to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials.
The speaker noted that the faces of private citizens on “the yet unreleased tapes” will be blurred “to avoid any persons from being targeted for retaliation of any kind.”
When he was first elected as speaker, Johnson promised to release all of the footage, some of which had been released to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier this year.
Democrats vigorously opposed releasing the footage. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) argued in February that allowing the public to see the footage “would compromise the safety of the Legislative Branch.”