Representative Matt Gaetz suggests that Republicans release the estimated 14,000 hours of tape that remain “hidden” from the Jan. 6 riots.
The comments came during a conversation with conservative host Charlie Kirk on Gaetz’s radio show.
Kirk also mentioned forming a new church committee, with Representative Thomas Massey playing an integral role. The original Church Committee was formed in 1975 to study abuses in various intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA, and IRS.
Kirk asked if the Florida congressman would support “letting the dogs loose” against the rogue intelligence community.
“Kevin McCarthy told us he was going to get the testimony before the American people and that meant releasing 14,000 hours of tapes that were hidden,” Gaetz replied.
Gaetz said he believes “the January 6th Committee gives a more complete context to that day than the cherry-picked moments it tried to use to inflame and further divide our country.”
Gaetz: Republicans will release “14,000 hours [J6] “Hidden Tapes”
Looks like more of the truth about Pelosi’s Fed-op is about to be revealed!
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January 6 tapes to be released?
If Gaetz is correct, that means House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has agreed to both demands recently made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Aside from the formation of a new church committee to study the FBI, Carlson said he must release the tapes Jan. 6 to gain the support of staunch conservatives in his bid to get the gavel.
“Release the January 6 files — not just some files and video from January 6, all of them,” Carlson demanded. “And not to some phony committee that hides them, actually designed to hide them from the public, but put them online.”
“Release them directly to the public so the rest of us can finally know what really happened on January 6, 2021. It’s been two years. It’s long overdue,” he continued. “Americans have a right to know, and McCarthy can tell us.”
Now, it seems he can actually do it.
If Kevin McCarthy wants to be Speaker, he will have to make real – real – concessions to his colleagues. He can start with these two things. pic.twitter.com/tzTajZjgaU
— Tucker Carlson (@Tucker Carlson) January 4, 2023
If Gaetz is correct and the tapes are released, a committee is being formed, the IRS is reimbursed, etc., then he, Rep. Lauren Bobert, and 20 others who initially refused to vote for McCarthy are vindicated for their fight. Fight for Speaker.
McCarthy is unlikely to have countered the select committee’s efforts by releasing the footage if not for that struggle. A scene that could exonerate those who did little more than walk through the Capitol that day.
Or had he?
BREAKING REPORT: Democrats pressure Republicans to release 14,000 hours of J6 tapes…
Thanks Matt Gaetz..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) January 10, 2023
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McCarthy told the committee Jan. 6 to preserve his records
Even before intense negotiations for his new role as Speaker, McCarthy had expressed interest in investigating the highly partisan January 6 Select Committee.
In December, the leader of House Republicans sent a letter to committee chairman Benny Thompson on January 6, telling the committee to preserve his records.
“It is essential to preserve all information collected not just for institutional exclusivity, but also for transparency to the American people,” he said in the letter.
“The American people have a right to know that the allegations you make are supported by facts and to be able to see the transcripts.”
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy sent a letter to the committee Jan. 6 pledging to preserve all records and transcripts and to hold hearings next year into the security failures that led to the U.S. Capitol breach https://t.co/rfENkmmnlc
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 1, 2022
panel done Transcripts of the interviews are released in his final report, but the videos are used in a more organized production to portray a particular narrative during his tenure.
The panel used evidence they specifically went after former President Donald Trump, deliberately burying the aspect of law enforcement failures in the Jan. 6 riots.
Perhaps the raw unedited video clips are evidence that some of the protestors were over-pursued and over-charged for relatively minor roles that day. Perhaps it would reveal what informants to the FBI were doing in the group — and there were several.
Whatever happens, the American people will finally be able to see for themselves what happened that day. Not just what the selection committee wanted them to see.
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