House Speaker Kevin McCarthy released over 40,000 hours of unseen footage from the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who aired footage on his program for several days.
McCarthy has said that he will give the public access to the footage after his team reviews all of it to address any potential security concerns.
McCarthy is not bothered by criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media, saying that the public should see what happened on the tapes.
McCarthy claims that the Democrats told him that there were only 14,000 hours of tapes, but he discovered that there were actually 42,000 hours of tapes after he became the majority leader.
He claims that it would take him years to review all of the tapes, but that his team is working with the Capitol Police to identify any problematic sections.
McCarthy has said that he wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to see what they want, so his team has created a process to make that happen.
Critics of McCarthy’s release of the tapes have accused him of playing politics with the footage, as he is a Republican and the tapes could potentially show Republican involvement in the Capitol riot.
However, McCarthy has said that he is simply interested in transparency and that he wants the public to see what happened on that day.