Releasing video footage from the Jan. 6 capitol incident was lauded by Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.) for being a “vital” step toward revealing the truth. Turner is the House Intelligence Committee Chair, and Johnson is the newly elected Speaker of the House.
After the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Turner said that the American people were only hearing distorted reports. According to him, the tape allows people to figure out what happened on January 6, 2021, for themselves.
Turner said he feels both sides have cherry-picked the footage. As an example of a need for a continuing endeavor to find the truth, he mentioned the select committee that looked into what happened on January 6th, implying that the select committee selected what they wanted the public to see.
Speaker Mike Johnson was praised by former president Donald Trump for releasing the videos shot during the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, calling the decision a display of “courage and bravery.”
Johnson announced that the House Administration Committee will release security camera footage of the Capitol Hill riots. The first batch of tapes would include 90 hours of film.
More than forty thousand hours of film, according to Mr. Johnson, would be made available on the committee’s website over the next several months. Security concerns about the buildings necessitated the decision to exclude around 5% of the video from public access. House and Senate conservatives who supported Mr. Johnson’s decision to release the recordings also lauded his actions, arguing that they disprove the House January 6 Committee’s claims.
A petition to remove any reference to the assaults on January 6 from the indictment against the ex-president, filed by Special Counsel Jack Smith, was rejected by federal Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is supervising the 2020 election interference case against Mr. Trump.