The GOP hits a nerve; Release of Jan. 6 Video to Tucker Carlson a five-alarm fire for Democrats

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to hand over security footage from Jan. 6, 2021, to Fox News host Tucker Carlson sent shockwaves throughout Washington, D.C. this week.

For two years, Democrats, citing “security concerns,” have managed to withhold this critical footage from the public sphere, likely fearing it will contradict their carefully constructed narrative that the riot had been “an insurrection.”

Democrats are especially concerned about whom the GOP leader chose to provide the material to. They consider it an attempt to curry favor with Carlson who has been openly critical of McCarthy in the past. And that may very well be true. But frankly, so what.

Carlson has repeatedly questioned the decisions, actions, and motives of the Department of Justice, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the House Select Jan. 6 Committee. Specifically, he’s asked why Pelosi and Bowser declined then-President Donald Trump’s offer of National Guard troops to protect the Capitol building after intelligence reports had warned of the potential for violence. Carlson has also publicly speculated about the role played by protester Ray Epps, his possible links to the FBI, and why he was never prosecuted.

Axios reported that members of Carlson’s team have already begun sifting through the thousands of hours of video. Asked for a comment on the story, Carlson said, “There was never any legitimate reason for this footage to remain secret. If there was ever a question that’s in the public’s interest to know, it’s what actually happened on January 6. By definition, this video will reveal it. It’s impossible for me to understand why any honest person would be bothered by that.”

Starting with Pelosi’s decision to boot Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana from the committee, the investigation that ensued was nothing more than a highly partisan witch hunt designed to prevent former President Donald Trump from ever running for public office again. The House Democrats’ political theatre portrayed only one side of the story and provided the public with a highly inaccurate perception of what happened on that fateful day. 

Congenital liar and member of the Jan. 6 committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA),  was outraged by McCarthy’s decision. In a Monday Twitter post, he wrote, “Kevin McCarthy turned over Jan 6 videos to right-wing propagandist Tucker Carlson. A man who spews Kremlin talking points. Suggests Jan 6 was a false flag. And spreads the Big Lie. Make no mistake: This isn’t about transparency, it’s about fueling dangerous conspiracy theories.” 

This is coming from the man who spent three years trying to convince Americans that Trump was an agent of Russia. He never missed an opportunity to assure the American people that evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia was hiding in “plain sight.” 

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) is equally horrified over McCarthy’s move. 

In a Wednesday letter to his colleagues, “The speaker is needlessly exposing the Capitol complex to one of the worst security risks since 9/11. The footage Speaker McCarthy is making available to Fox News is a treasure trove of closely held information about how the Capitol complex is protected and its public release would compromise the safety of the Legislative Branch and allow those who want to commit another attack to learn how Congress is safeguarded.”

He wrote that McCarthy only agreed to release the tapes “to get the votes he needed from the MAGA wing of the House Republican Conference to become speaker.” That also may be true, but McCarthy’s motives are irrelevant. What is relevant is that Republicans finally have a chance to rebut the false narrative about Jan. 6 the left has presented as “the truth” for over two years.

Schumer is certain that “Carlson will select only clips that he can use to twist the facts to sow doubt of what happened on January 6 and feed into the propaganda … “ 

But isn’t that precisely what the Jan. 6 committee did? 

American Greatness reporter Julie Kelly has followed this story closely from the start. She has written extensively about the Justice Department’s obsessive and eagle-like scrutiny of Americans determined to have been anywhere near the Capitol building that day and the agency’s determination to prosecute people “at any level.”

What can we expect to learn from the new footage? Kelly wrote, “The secret video could finally show the use of undercover agents and informants both inside and outside the Capitol as well as those responsible for erecting the ‘gallows’ on Capitol grounds. Footage will also shed light on how photographers and videographers were stationed in key locations before the breach occurred.”

At any rate, according to Axios, clips from the trove of surveillance camera footage could begin airing in the next couple of weeks.


A previous version of this article appeared in The Washington Examiner.

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5 thoughts on “The GOP hits a nerve; Release of Jan. 6 Video to Tucker Carlson a five-alarm fire for Democrats”

  1. I”f there was ever a question that’s in the public’s interest to know, it’s what actually happened on January 6.”

    I think the question should be, What will Tucker cherry pick and continue his not so honest show.

    • You can’t cherry pick what’s already been cherry picked. Finding bad actors on the videos will be called cherry picking by the Democrats. What it actually will be is discovery, like in a court room. We’ve already seen what violent videos are available. It’s time to see behind the scenes. You call that cherry picking. Most would call that fact finding. What are the Democrats worried about?

    • You can’t have a meeting of the minds if you keep one mind’s point of view repressed or censored. Tucker is very good at observing and opening up the other point of view.

      How can that be “not so honest”?

      If any one thing is learned, that has been kept from us, isn’t that worth knowing?

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