House GOP Releases Small Portion Of Jan. 6 Videos

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) promised last month that his caucus would release almost all of the 44,000 hours of Jan. 6 security video from the Capitol on a public website for all to view.

Yet, according to a review conducted by CBS News, less than 1% of that footage has so far been uploaded.

The media outlet conducted multiple interviews with sources close to the situation, all of whom said there’s no set deadline for the footage to be uploaded. A major reason for this, sources said, is that the task itself is quite daunting.

Sources told CBS News that there are intricate configurations for the security of the footage, which comes from closed-circuit cameras. This is causing complications when staffers are trying to upload the videos in large chunks.

Democrats have blasted Johnson’s decision to make all of the Jan. 6 footage public, saying that it’s only motivated by conspiracy theories and politics. They also claim that doing so would compromise the safety of the Capitol as well as that of Capitol Police officers.

House Republicans, though, say that releasing all of the footage will ensure “truth and transparency.” What most Americans have seen thus far has been carefully selected and edited clips that were released by the now-disbanded House Select Jan. 6 Committee, which was led by Democrats and only had two Republican members — former Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

CBS News reported that thus far, two batches of Jan. 6 videos were posted online for people to view but not download. They are all posted either on a Rumble page that’s operated by Republicans in the House, or they’re hosted on the government website for the House Administration Committee.

That committee has oversight of the Capitol complex and the U.S. Capitol Police, and as such, is responsible for uploading and managing all the security footage.

The first batch includes about 90 hours in total, all of which former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson was shown earlier in 2023, according to CBS News sources.

The second batch comes from three different security cameras and totals about 162 hours.