Speaker Mike Johnson announced Friday that he would immediately begin publicly releasing all of the Jan. 6 footage, keeping a promise to the right conservatives who started under former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
The recordings will be released to the House of Representatives Committee on Administration website and much of the more than 44,000 hours of surveillance footage from January 6 has already been released. Approximately 90 hours of footage are expected over the coming months.
The faces of private citizens will be blurred in the recordings to ensure that no one becomes a “target of any retaliation.” The speaker said about five percent of the footage would not be released so as not to reveal sensitive security information “related to the architecture of the building.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz, D-Fla., first demanded that McCarthy release the recording as part of negotiations to obtain him the speaker’s gavel.
Speaker Mike Johnson announced Friday that he would immediately release all footage from Jan. 6 to the public, keeping a promise to right-wing conservatives made under former Speaker Kevin McCarthy
Johnson promised to release the full footage during his campaign for the gavel last month.
The speaker said the decision “will ensure that millions of Americans, those accused of crimes, public interest organizations and the media, have the opportunity to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely on the interpretation of a small group of government officials.”
On January 6, defendants and victims can request access to footage that is withheld if it is related to a court case.
For the past several months, the House Administration Committee has only released the recordings to the media, criminal defendants and a few others.
In February, McCarthy exclusively leaked material to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a move that was condemned by Democrats. Carlson played selections from this film on his previous primetime show.