Nearly three years later, the American people are finally getting access to the Jan. 6 Capitol footage.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Friday began releasing the more than 40,000 hours of security video taken during the 2021 riot. Johnson says he’s releasing the tapes so the American people can “make their own judgments and decisions” about what happened on that day.
The footage will come out in batches over the next several months, though Johnson says about 5% of the videos will not be released as they “may involve sensitive security information related to the building architecture.”
Earlier this year, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shared footage with then-Fox Host Tucker Carlson and gave restricted access to some media members. Yesterday, McCarthy praised Johnson’s decision to release more footage to the public.
As the footage starts to come out, some Republicans are calling for an investigation into the now-defunct Jan. 6 committee, accusing its members of concealing key evidence.