Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) informed reporters that he plans to release all surveillance footage from the Capitol riots on January 6.
“I want to think about it carefully, but yeah, I’m engaged to do that,” McCarthy said when asked if he would share footage from that day.
McCarthy went on to say:
“I believe the public should be made aware of what occurred that day. I observed Nancy Pelosi’s politicization of the situation. Where the minority was forbidden from appointing to a committee for the first time in the Speaker’s history. We saw how this was politicized. Instead of a politically motivated report, I believe the American people should see what happened.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who spearheaded the fight against McCarthy during the several speakership votes, said McCarthy agreed to disclose the Capitol tape from January 6 as one of his concessions to the 20 anti-McCarthy holdouts. Rep. Gaetz told Charlie Kirk:
“Kevin McCarthy has stated that he intends to bring the evidence in front of the American people, which includes releasing the14,000 hours of security tapes that have been withheld. That, I believe, would provide a more complete context for that day than the cherry-picked moments used by the January 6 committee to further divide our society.”
Gaetz also congratulated McCarthy on Twitter when a video of McCarthy discussing the footage’s release appeared online.
“Thank you to the 20 patriots that helped EARN the Speaker’s promise,” Gaetz tweeted. “I would also like to thank @SpeakerMcCarthy, for reaffirming your commitment. Trust is developed via the fulfillment of commitments. Every day, I’m becoming more hopeful!”
House Republicans have long urged the release of the January 6 surveillance tape. In August, a group of 23 Republican members led by former Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) submitted a letter to the Capitol Police Board Chair William J. Walker arguing that the film should be released because it is “extremely critical to effective government and truth.”
However, a representative for the U.S. Capitol Police indicated that publishing the tape “would ultimately be the decision of the Capitol Police Board,” in a statement to the Washington Times.
“The video has been labeled security information and is thus prohibited from public distribution. Releasing it would ultimately be the Capitol Police Board’s decision, not the Department,” a representative for the United States Capitol Police stated.