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On Thursday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made it known that he would be open to disclosing thousands of hours of security footage from the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol Building. This entire footage has not yet been viewed by the general public.
CNN reporter Melanie Zanona said in a tweet on Thursday night that the publication of the tape from January 6 was a condition of obtaining sufficient backing for McCarthy to win as Speaker of the House, which he eventually did.
“Rep. Matt Gaetz has revealed yet another promise that Kevin McCarthy made in his bid to become speaker: agreeing to release all the security camera footage from the Capitol on January 6,” Ms. Zanona said.
When McCarthy was prompted by a reporter about the subject and if he would be open to releasing the footage, he responded: “Yeah, I think the public should see what’s happened on them,”
“I watched what Nancy Pelosi did where she politicized it, where for the first time in the history as a speaker, not allowing the minority to appoint to a committee. To pick and choose…” “We watched the politicization of this. I think the American public should actually see all what happened instead of a report that’s written for a political basis.”
“I think the answer, we’re looking through that, I want to be very thoughtful about it, but yes, I’m engaged to do that,” the Speaker of the House said.
Last December, The January 6 committee issued an 845-page report accusing former president Donald Trump of being the mastermind of a “multi-part conspiracy” to rig the 2020 election and of being the “central cause” of the Capitol riots, following a series of live presentations outlining witness testimonies of that day. However, the committee claims at the time were merely political and the footage didn’t constitute any real evidence for the DOJ to begin an investigation.