Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has kept his commitment to make all surveillance videos from January 6th available to the public.
The tapes are now available at the CHA Subcommittee Reading Room on the internet.
Following a period of restricted release and failed attempts under his predecessor, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Johnson made the decision to release them “all.”
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
“Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans,” wrote Johnson.
It became readily apparent why the January 6 committee under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tenure had refused to release the footage.
Many videos have already surfaced that run contrary to the narrative that all of the Trump supporters who entered the capitol posed an existential threat to the country and were trying to “overturn the election.”
Previously unreleased footage shows the calm manner that many protesters displayed.
There were more examples of peaceful protesters near Capitol Police officers.
Perhaps most controversially of all, a protester was uncuffed and then fist bumps a Capitol Police officer in a hallway.
This just doesn’t feel “right.”
Of course, it goes without saying that there were violent rioters on January 6.
The issue is that the rioters gave advance warning they were coming; there were agents provocateurs like Ray Epps and John Earle Sullivan; the FBI had monitored extremist groups for months ahead of January 6, even violating constitutional rights in the process; none of the protesters brandished a firearm in the Capitol building; there were no means to seize and to hold power in the face of the strongest military in the world, and then Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump would know that; a Time article on the shadowy cabal that “fortified” the election stated the there was already a narrative set in March 2020 that Trump would “incite” a riot if he lost the election; and despite warnings from intelligence and law enforcement, time and time again, requests for more National Guard, even from Donald Trump himself, fell on deaf ears.
Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Senate Majority Leader McConnell did nothing to secure the Electoral College, where they knew there would be objections to the states’ slates of electors.
This process is what Trump was actually advocating for and that is why he urged his actual supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard.
Meanwhile, there had already been suspect incursions at the capitol before his supporters could even make it from his speech to the Capitol building.
It never added up. And that is why the videos had been suppressed.
In March, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy released the majority of the material to then-Fox News personality Tucker Carlson.
While many praised the former Speaker, McCarthy was met with opposition from several leaders.
Carlson was ultimately fired by Fox News six weeks after the tapes were released.
If you recall, Tucker Carlson unveiled just a limited swathe of the J6 footage and it raised numerous questions.
The biggest issue with the mainstream narrative was presented by the Capitol Police “escort” of Jacob Chansley to the Senate chamber, where a CP officer would later prostrate himself in front of not to violate ‘like, the sacredest chamber.’
#BREAKING: Never before seen video of January 6 shows Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, being led through the Capitol by police the entire time that he was in the building.
This matches up with the footage I already had for 2years. Now why would capitol police officers escort… pic.twitter.com/lA1oD7j27E
— WayneTech SPFX®️ (@WayneTechSPFX) March 7, 2023
It should be noted that it is irrelevant how Chansley entered the building.
The video speaks for itself.
The Capitol Police could have arrested Chansley at any time but instead chose to let him go into the Senate chamber to make a video-recorded speech.
This is an undeniable fact.
McCarthy clarified there were actually 42,000 hours of cassettes, not simply 14,000 hours as previously stated.
It will be fascinating to see more video evidence of the unarmed, largely non-violent ‘insurrection,’ and how it fits with the narrative that this was an attempt to overturn the results of an election.
Never mind that actual Trump supporters didn’t want to disrupt the objections at the Electoral College, that would be the goal of the political extremists that the FBI, Capitol Police, and National Guard allowed to riot despite advance warning and “storm the capitol building,” forming the basis of a pre-planned political narrative that was weaponized to impeach Donald Trump and prosecute him during his presidential re-election campaign.