House Speaker Mike Johnson has made a long-anticipated move, with plans to release thousands of hours of surveillance footage from the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.
On Friday, he declared his intention to make these tapes available for public viewing, marking an important step in ongoing discussions concerning that day’s occurrences.
“Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans.”
Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans.
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) November 17, 2023
On Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., announced during an interview on Sirius XM’s “The Wilkow Majority” that footage will be made available to the public through a special website. This would enable any member of the public who wishes to view the videos to do so.
‘“The way that the Jan. 6 tapes will be released will be through a website where any member of the public can go and observe the videos that are being released,” Gaetz said.
“My expectation is they’re going to be released in tranches and that the first tranche of the Johnson tapes to be released will be in days, not weeks,” he added.
????BREAKING: The January 6th tapes will be released on a website where any member of the public can observe them.
My expectation is that the first tranche of videos will be released by @SpeakerJohnson in the coming days.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 17, 2023
In January 2021, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy vowed to release all the Jan 6 footage from the Capitol as Congress began this session with a Republican majority. However, despite his assurances, he ultimately gave exclusive access to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of 41,000 hours of Capitol surveillance footage from the Jan. 6 protests.
As a result, the public was not able to view this material and many political prisoners were left without justice or representation.
Convictions have been handed down for those who simply walked into an open door of the US Capitol and then left minutes later upon being asked.
Chris Wray is continuing to hunt down Trump supporters who stood outside of the US Capitol that day while DC prosecutors are still withholding evidence from families and prisoners in trials held at DC courts.
It is imperative that these injustices be addressed swiftly so that political prisoners may receive due process under the law.