House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has come under criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media after he released over 40,000 hours of previously unseen footage from the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Despite the backlash, McCarthy stands by his decision and promises to make the footage available to the public after his team reviews it for any potential security concerns.
In response to the release, nine major media organizations, including The New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press, and ProPublica, have sued the Justice Department and the FBI for access to the video footage of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
House Republicans are also launching their own version of a Jan. 6 committee that will “reinvestigate” what happened at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk will chair the new panel and says they will “investigate both sides” and “show what really happened on Jan. 6.”
The move comes after House Republicans issued a report exposing former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her role in security and intelligence failures at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Despite the criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media, McCarthy’s decision to release the footage is an important step in ensuring transparency and accountability in the events that took place on Jan. 6.
It is crucial that the public has access to this footage and that media organizations are able to review it in order to gain a full understanding of what happened.