House Speaker Johnson announces release of Jan. 6 Videos

November 18, 2023

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced the release of video footage from the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

Johnson shared the news on social media that included a link to the videos made public to the American people.

The announcement

“Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans,” wrote Johnson.

"The limited release of footage to Tucker Carlson earlier in the year led to significant controversy," Trending Politics reported.

The explanation

“This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the media an ability to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials.” Johnson wrote in an X post.

“Processing will involve blurring the faces of private citizens on the yet unreleased tapes to avoid any persons from being targeted for retaliation of any kind and segregating an estimated 5% of the videos that may involve sensitive security information related to the building architecture," it added.

The access

"Follow the link below to view the January 6th tapes for yourself," Johnson posted to social media (link here).

"To restore America’s trust and faith in their Government we must have transparency. This is another step towards keeping the promises I made when I was elected to be your Speaker," he explained.

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson obtained access to many of the videos earlier this year before his release from the network.

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) previously pushed for public access to the videos, arguing that Americans should have access to what happened on Jan. 6. The decision was not finalized ahead of his departure from his role as House speaker.

The access will now allow any person to watch footage for themselves, taking a direct look at the events to decide what happened during the events on an important day in American history.

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