Speaker Johnson Announces Release of Over 40,000 Hours of January 6 Footage
Summary from AllSides News Team
On Friday, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced that he will make over 40,000 hours of the Capitol Police’s January 6 footage public.
The Details: Johnson made the first 90 hours of footage available on the Committee on House Administration’s website. He said to prevent people from being “retaliated” against, the faces of private citizens will be blurred on future tape releases. He also said 5% of the footage will remain private because it “may involve sensitive security information related to the building architecture.”
For Context: Johnson previously promised to some conservatives that he would release the January 6 footage if elected Speaker, namely Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who spearheaded the recent ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Key Quotes: Johnson said, “This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the media an ability to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials.” Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY) called the release “unconscionable,” and said, “While the name on the door to the Speaker's suite has changed, the office's mission to undermine the Capitol Police and politicize Capitol security continues unabated.”
How The Media Covered It: Dissimilar to coverage by Axios (Lean Left bias) and National Review (Lean Right bias), NewsNation (Center bias) framed the context of January 6, which it called a “riot,” before unpacking the news of Johnson’s announcement. National Review included a statement from a Republican representative, while Axios included one from a Democratic one.
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From the LeftMike Johnson to release 40,000 hours of Jan. 6 footage
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Friday announced the public release of more than 40,000 hours of Capitol security footage from Jan. 6, 2021.
Why it matters: The move meets a key demand of the Republicans' right flank as conservatives simmer at Johnson for passing a stopgap spending bill along bipartisan lines.
What they're saying: "Today, we will begin immediately posting video on a public website and move as quickly as possible to add to the website nearly all of the footage, more than 40,000 hours," Johnson said.
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On Jan. 6, hundreds of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. As they came into the building, rioters attacked police officers, breaking in through doors and windows. NewsNation’s partner The Hill writes they used bear spray, bike racks, flag poles and other...
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Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) announced Friday he would start “immediately” releasing the U.S. Capitol Police’s January 6 footage as one of his first significant moves since assuming the House speakership.
The previously withheld tapes showing exactly what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, will be posted on a public website starting Friday. Approximately 44,000 hours of footage will be made available once most of the footage is published over time, Johnson said in a statement.
“This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the...