Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has vowed to release all of the Capitol Buildings’ security footage from the Jan. 6 riots, much of which has been hidden from the public by the Democrats.
McCarthy said he wants the American people to see the truth because he saw firsthand that former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “politicized it.”
“I want to be very thoughtful about it, but yes, I’m engaged to do that,” McCarthy told reporters when asked whether he would release footage from January 6, 2021.
I think the public should see what happened on that day. 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.
We watched the politicization of this.
I think the American public should actually see what happened instead of a report that’s written on a political basis.
Speaker McCarthy promises to release all of the security footage from January 6 pic.twitter.com/WgBYhSYRxZ
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 12, 2023
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said that McCarthy promised to release the January 6 Capitol footage as one of his concessions to the anti-McCarthy holdouts during the speakership battle.
Gaetz, who led the charge against McCarthy during the numerous speakership votes, told Charlie Kirk on Tuesday:
Kevin McCarthy told us he‘s going to get the evidence out in front of the American people, and that means releasing the 14,000 hours of tapes that have been hidden.
That I think would give more full context to that day, rather than the cherry-picked moments that the January 6 committee tried to use to inflame and further divide our country.
Gaetz also thanked McCarthy on Twitter after a video of the speaker’s comments about releasing the footage surfaced online.
“Thank you to the 20 patriots who helped EARN this commitment from the Speaker,” Gaetz tweeted.
“Thank you @SpeakerMcCarthy for affirming this commitment you made.
“Keeping promises is how trust is built.
“I’m growing more optimistic by the day!”
Thank you to the 20 patriots who helped EARN this commitment from the Speaker.
Thank you @SpeakerMcCarthy for affirming this commitment you made.
Keeping promises is how trust is built.
I’m growing more optimistic by the day! https://t.co/uYAaT5sG0f
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 12, 2023
House Republicans have long been calling for the release of the security footage from Jan. 6.
Led by former Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a group of 23 Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to Capitol Police Board Chairman William J. Walker in August.
The GOP members of Congress argued that the release of the footage is “absolutely essential to proper governance and truth.”
However, a spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police claimed that releasing the footage “would ultimately be up to the Capitol Police Board,” in a statement to the Washington Times.
“The video has been designated security information and is therefore protected from public disclosure,” the U.S. Capitol Police spokesperson said.
“Releasing it would ultimately be up to the Capitol Police Board and not the Department.”