House Republicans Chicken Out

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( – House Republicans are pausing the release of Jan. 6 surveillance footage which had been previously exclusively offered to Fox News host Tucker Carlson and are instead focusing on attacking Democrats who have been criticizing the move for the past week.

Republican leaders are now stating that there will be no clips broadcasted that have not first gone through security clearance, and have accused the Democrats of not following the same security precautions during the House select committee investigation last year. However, the Democrats were quick to oppose these claims.

Carlson last week had claimed that he would start releasing footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot this week, after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) agreed to provide him access to the footage. Carlson claimed that his team had been given “unfettered” exclusive access to over 40,000 hours of footage from the day of the Capitol insurrection. He added that starting early in the month, his team could start vetting the content.

However, McCarthy and other Republicans have now clarified that there would be no information that would be released to Carlson’s team, or released to the public before all the footage was screened to ensure that its release would not compromise the Capitol’s complex security.

The Speaker added that they would be collaborating with the U.S. Capitol Police to ensure that the tasks did not cause any security risks. McCarthy added that they have now discovered that there are a lot more hours of footage than originally revealed, with roughly 42,000 hours of footage having been captured.

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