House Republicans intend to release 14,000 hours of January 6 tapes that have been hidden from the public, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) revealed on Tuesday.
During an interview with Turning Point USA (TPUSA) president Charlie Kirk on his radio show, Gaetz said that releasing the tapes “would give more full context to that day rather than the cherry-picked moments of the January 6th committee.”
The Capitol building is monitored round-the-clock by an “extensive system of cameras” positioned both inside and outside the building as well as near other congressional offices on the grounds. The tapes could shed light on what happened inside and outside the west terrace tunnel, where the most violent clashes between police and protesters on January 6 occurred, and where Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old Trump supporter from Georgia, lost her life.
“On January 6, D.C. Metro and Capitol police assaulted nonviolent protesters with explosive devices, rubber bullets, tear gas, and in some cases, their own fists and batons,” American Greatness reporter Julie Kelly reported in November of 2021. “A tunnel on the lower west side of the Capitol building became a dangerous—and, likely for at least one protester, deadly—battle scene as police viciously attacked American citizens on the ‘hallowed’ grounds of the U.S. Congress.”
Thousands of hours of J6 tapes that could expose law enforcement abuses have been under protective orders, while certain “cherry-picked” clips have been allowed in court as evidence against hundreds of January 6 defendants.
The Florida Republican suggested that he secured this concession from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last week during the House Speaker showdown.
“Kevin McCarthy told us he is going to get the evidence out in front of the American people and that means releasing the 14,000 hours of tapes that have been hidden that I think would give more full context to that day rather than the cherry-picked moments the January 6th committee tried to use to inflame and further divide out country,” Gaetz said.
“So yes, I do believe that part of this deal is a concession that we are going to get the truth out in front of the American people,” he added.
Gaetz: Republicans will release “14,000 hours of [J6] tapes that have been hidden”
Looks like truth about Pelosi’s Fed-Op is going to be exposed even further!
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McCarthy on Thursday confirmed that he “is engaged” to release all of the J6 security footage.
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