Tucker Carlson already says additional J6 footage “contradicts” official narrative.pic.twitter.com/HaOD6CPTPd— Todd Peterson (@Todd_Peterson_1) February 21, 2023
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has granted Fox News host Tucker Carlson access to 44,000 hours of closed circuit camera footage from the January 6th riot at the Capitol Building.
According to Axios, Carlson’s producers were on Capitol Hill last week “digging through the trove, which includes multiple camera angles from all over Capitol grounds. Excerpts will begin airing in the coming weeks.”
Carlson acknowledged the unprecedented access on Monday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“So, there are about 44,000 hours, and we have, you may have heard this, we’ve been granted access to that, and we believe that access is unfettered,” Carlson said on Monday evening. “We believe we have secured the right to see whatever we want to see.”
“So, we’ve been there about a week, our producers, some of our smartest producers, have been there, looking at this stuff and trying to figure out what it means and how it contradicts or not the story that we’ve been told for more than two years,” Carlson added.
Democrats are blasting Speaker McCarthy for the move.
“It’s hard to overstate the potential security risks if this material were to be used irresponsibly,” wrote Homeland Security Committee ranking Democrat Bennie Thompson in a statement.
Why we need to keep digging – it was a set-up
Three undercover Metropolitan Police Department officers joined the march of protesters up the northwest side of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021—including one who climbed over a barricade and pushed others toward the Capitol, and another who walked behind Ashli Babbitt and predicted that “someone will get shot,” according to newly disclosed court documents.
New court motions filed by Jan. 6 defendant William Pope of Topeka, Kansas, also show MPD bicycle officers stopping four armed men in plainclothes on Jan. 6. The men turned out to be federal agents. Video included with Pope’s filings also shows uniformed MPD officers saying, “we were set up” to fail on Jan. 6.
Information in the court papers will rekindle the debate about the role that undercover officers and agents played in the riots of Jan. 6 and why the U.S. Department of Justice and federal judges have kept the evidence under seal and away from public view.
“This video clearly evidences undercover law enforcement officers urging the crowds to advance up the stairs and scaffolding towards the Capitol on January 6,” Pope wrote in one motion. “The government may claim that incidents like this did not happen, but the facts show they did.
“Since the government cannot be trusted to disclose these facts,” Pope wrote, “it becomes even more important that defense teams, including Pro Se defendants, be able to directly examine the evidence.”