After months at the helm, the House GOP at last announced instructions on how to view security footage from Jan. 6, 2021, with a “ridiculous” catch.
For months, the American people watched as the sham Jan. 6 Committee carefully edited cherry-picked clips to support the notion that the breach of the U.S. Capitol had been altogether violent and a “threat to democracy.” With control of the House won back during the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans promised to aid in dispelling that narrative by releasing the more than 40,000 hours of unedited footage.
On Friday, the GOP followed through, but hardly in a fashion the public had expected as the Committee on House Administration set forth the rules for accessing the footage beginning at some point in September. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) shared those rules Saturday without comment.
It was set forth that access would only be granted to “representatives of U.S. news outlets…Qualifying Non-Profit Organizations…defendants charged with crimes related to January 6, 2021 and their counsel” as well as anyone physically harmed that day and their counsel.
Here’s the instructions on how to see January 6th Capitol video footage and who is allowed access. pic.twitter.com/7N3Rm4SU0F
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) September 3, 2023
In addition to the restrictions on who could view the footage, access was time-constricted and copies of materials viewed were only permitted to be taken from the terminals after receiving clearance from the committee. Appointments, even for defendants, were limited to three hours only once per week with exceptions “considered and awarded at the discretion of CHA based on space and time constraints.”
Limitations on the press also set forth that only 20 clips per month would be granted with no more than 10 in a single week, plus a time limitation of under 90 minutes total.
As for the general public, should they wish to see the footage, the committee laid out that a “public reading room” would be available containing only those clips that had previously been released. Access to that “public reading room” required the submission of an email request to the committee.
Despite all of the catches, Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R), who himself had been targeted by the Jan. 6 committee, lauded the announcement in a statement.
“House Republicans are continuing to deliver on our promise to bring transparency and accountability to the People’s House by increasing access to security footage of the U.S. Capitol from January 5th and 6th, 2021,” the congressman said. “This announcement stands in stark contrast to the previous Democrat leadership, who blocked access to the footage and only showed carefully edited clips to the public.”
As previously reported, Loudermilk had been the subject of a debunked conspiracy theory that he had provided access for reconnaissance of the Capitol on Jan. 5 when he had merely been giving a tour to a family. It just so happened, that pictures that showed “children holding bags from the House gift shop, which was open to visitors, and taking pictures of the Rayburn train” had been used to exonerate the lawmaker of the false narrative.
Earlier this year, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson had garnered exclusive access to footage from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a privilege the commentator utilized to help smackdown many of the narratives favored by corporate media and “permanent Washington.”
Carlson recently picked up that effort again on his social media program when he sat down with former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund after Fox News had determined not to air their original interview.
“What he has to say is shocking,” the media personality had teased. “We recommend you watch.”
Capitol Police chief tells Tucker what really happened on Jan 6th in riveting hourhttps://t.co/HM3wdEBfwY
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) August 11, 2023
Unlike with the host’s efforts to expose the truth behind the story of Jan. 6, the public was far from enamored with the House GOP’s control of access to what arguably should have been available from the onset.
“This is absolutely ridiculous!” wrote one user on X. “The American People own that footage and it is high time that you all remember that.”
This is absolutely ridiculous! The American People own that footage and it is high time that you all remember that.
— MrsLibertyBelle pronouns: bad/bitch (@MrsLibertyBell1) September 4, 2023
— J L (@jasonbrent) September 3, 2023
That’s not “released” to “the public”
— dr_orgelmeister (@DrOrgelmeister) September 4, 2023
This is a betrayal by @SpeakerMcCarthy
— @amuse (@amuse) September 4, 2023
Release it ALL. We don’t need permission from our employees, aka the government
— Wrainn (@Wrainn) September 5, 2023
Exactly how they always play things like this. They say… “We made it available”… and then in fine print.. “to only those who we approve and they can’t record take pictures and can only rely on pure memory to relay what they saw”
— TurdFerguson2 (@TurdFergueson2) September 4, 2023
This isn’t what you promised. Nor what McCarthy promised. Shame on y’all. Good heavens.
— Julie H Wright✝️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@juliew38138) September 4, 2023
This is not what we were promised, and under these restrictions, it would take J6 attorneys 100 years to sort through unless they know the exact time frame they want to see upfront. This is a bad joke.
— Jericho (@JerichoXVI) September 3, 2023
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