Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz is pledging to release the 14,000 hours of January 6 footage that have been hidden from the American public.
Gaetz appeared on “The Charlie Kirk Show” on Tuesday and revealed that he is working on giving the nation the full truth about what really happened on January 6.
“Can we get answers on J6?” Kirk asked. “Can we get answers on this? Can we get answers on that? One of my favorite members of Congress is Thomas Massie and the fact that he’s gonna be on this new committee really gives me hope. Matt, do you anticipate allowing the dogs to be released, if you will, against this fourth branch of government?”
“Kevin McCarthy told us he’s 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 that the January 6th committee tried to use to inflame and further divide our country,” Gaetz responded.
“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 continued. “And you know what Kevin McCarthy could have in his victory speech just said, well, the government is weaponized. But he was very specific in his language. He talked about the weaponization of the FBI, specifically. His willingness to do that with particularity, I think, shows that he’s ready to lower his shoulder and to get into this fight that so many Americans expect us to be in on behalf of the civil rights that we holds dear.”
Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her time with the gavel stood in the way of transparency about her office’s actions during the Capitol Riot, and has blocked releasing footage that might provide exculpatory evidence for J6 defendants.
The Capitol Police have shut down legal requests for its communications and surveillance video on January 6, as was demonstrated by a Judicial Watch lawsuit.
The Congress, which oversees the Capitol Police, claimed “sovereign immunity” as its authority to block releasing the footage. The House Democrats also claimed that releasing the footage is not in the “public interest,” nor is it a matter of “public record.”
On January 21, 2021, Judicial Watch issued a request for the following:
- Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
- Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
- All video footage from within the Capitol between 12 pm and 9 pm on January 6, 2021.
According to Judicial Watch, the Capitol Police provided the following rationale to the court for continuing to withhold the requested information:
- The USCP’s camera security system, including footage recorded by it within the Capitol and sought by [Judicial Watch], is solely for national security and law enforcement purposes.
- Access to video footage from the USCP’s camera security system is limited to narrow circumstances and strictly controlled by USCP policy.
- The USCP has not made any public disclosures of video footage from January 6 from its camera security system.
- There are currently pending criminal investigations and prosecutions of individuals involved in the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
- There are currently pending congressional investigations into the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The Capitol Police’s excuses did not satisfy Judicial Watch.
“In ‘the courts of this country’ – including the federal courts – the common law bestows upon the public a right of access to public records and documents … the Supreme Court was unequivocal in stating that there is a federal common law right of access ‘to inspect and copy public records and documents’,’ Judicial Watch remarked. “[T]he general rule is that all three branches of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, are subject to the common law right. The right of access is a precious ‘common law right … that predates the Constitution itself.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton added: “The Pelosi Congress (and its police department) is telling a federal court it is immune from all transparency under law and is trying to hide every second of its January 6 videos and countless emails.”
“The hypocrisy is rich, as this is the same Congress that is trying to jail witnesses who, citing privileges, object to providing documents to the Pelosi rump January 6 committee,” he added.
The January 6 event was weaponized by the Democratic Party to push a narrative that it believed would harm former President Donald Trump. Thanks to the GOP-led House, and new Speaker Kevin McCarthy, more Americans might finally get the whole truth.
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