House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has disregarded the backlash from Democrats and the mainstream media following his release of over 40,000 hours of unseen footage from the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host, aired the footage on his program for several days. In an interview with Breitbart News, McCarthy, the California Republican, pledged to make the January 6 security footage available to the public once his team has reviewed it all and addressed any security concerns.
McCarthy emphasized the importance of transparency and allowing everyone to make their own decisions based on the footage. He stated that there are many more hours of tapes than the January 6 committee initially claimed, totaling 42,000 hours. McCarthy’s team is working with the Capitol Police to ensure that certain exits and other security-sensitive details are not shown.
In response to the January 6 committee, House Republicans are launching their own version of the panel, which will “reinvestigate” the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk will chair the new panel, vowing to “investigate both sides” and “show what really happened on January 6.” The panel may also seek an interview with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, focusing on decisions made about Capitol security leading up to January 6.
House Republicans issued a scathing report pointing to Pelosi’s role in the security and intelligence failures at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The report, based on texts, emails, and testimony from Capitol Police leaders and officers, accuses Pelosi of being responsible for leadership and law enforcement failures that left the Capitol vulnerable. It also states that House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, under Pelosi’s influence, “succumbed to political pressures” and “did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol.”
The report further alleges that Pelosi and her staff “coordinated closely” with Irving on security plans for the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, but Republicans were deliberately excluded from “important discussions related to security.” Irving allegedly asked a senior Democratic staffer to “act surprised” when he sent “key information about plans for the Joint Session on January 6, 2021, to him and his Republican counterpart.”
The report claims that Pelosi’s office “helped edit authorities’ plans, and turned down several requests from federal law enforcement needed to protect the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.” In response, Pelosi’s office stated in February that the Speaker has “no power over the Capitol Police.”
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By highlighting the security failures leading up to January 6 and the need for transparency, this counter-investigation serves as a persuasive argument against the narrative put forth by the January 6 committee. As McCarthy and House Republicans work to release the security footage and expose the truth about the events that transpired, they aim to change public perception and hold those responsible for the Capitol’s vulnerability accountable.