Americans Get Full Access To Jan 6th Tapes?

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( – Individuals eager to see the extensive surveillance footage from the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol may soon have their curiosity satisfied. Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, recently revealed on “The Wilkow Majority” show on Sirius XM that this footage is expected to be made publicly accessible through a specific website. This announcement was further highlighted when the show’s host, Andrew Wilkow, shared a clip of Gaetz’s remarks on a social media platform.

Earlier in the year, while serving as House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, had allowed journalist Tucker Carlson to review over 40,000 hours of security footage from the Capitol on that day. Although McCarthy’s office had indicated plans to broaden the availability of this footage, these plans had not materialized until now.

After McCarthy was replaced as Speaker in early October by Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, there has been mounting pressure for the footage to be made public. Gaetz informed the audience that the January 6 tapes would be released in segments on a website accessible to everyone, with the initial batch expected to be released within days.

In September, the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, responsible for the custody of the January 6 footage, instituted a policy allowing media outlets and defendants of the January 6 incidents to view the footage under supervised conditions.

Representative Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Georgia and chair of the subcommittee, emphasized in a September news release that the Republican leadership is committed to transparency and accountability by facilitating public access to the Capitol’s security footage from January 5 and 6, 2021. This approach contrasts with the previous Democratic leadership, which restricted access to the footage and only released selectively edited clips.

The Blaze, a media outlet, reported on November 3 that its investigative reporter, Steve Baker, was collaborating with Speaker Johnson’s office to release the footage. However, Blaze Media’s Editor-In-Chief, Matthew Peterson, clarified that he could not confirm reports claiming that all the footage would be exclusively released to Blaze News.

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