Back during the GOP civil war over who should be Speaker of the House, FNC’s Tucker Carlson suggested that Rep. McCarthy should show the right that he’s the right guy for the job by releasing the full footage of January 6th, something that Nancy Pelosi refused to do.
Speaking on that, Tucker said that McCarthy should release “the January 6 files—not some of the January 6 files and video—all of it. And not just some phony committee that will hide them, that in fact is designed to hide them from the public, but put them online. Release them to the public directly so the rest of us can finally know what actually happened on January 6, 2021. It’s been two years. It’s long overdue. It’s our right as Americans to know, and McCarthy could tell us.”
Tucker went on to say that McCarthy’s doing so would show that, though he’s not conservative as the right wants, enough to show that he’s at least listening to the base.
Well, McCarthy didn’t openly announce that he would do so at the time but, now, based on a recent response of his to a reporter, it looks like McCarthy might be willing to follow Tucker’s advice and prove his conservative credentials by releasing the tapes.
News on that came when McCarthy, while in the Capitol, was asked about releasing the footage by a reporter. She asked “…Congress called on Speaker Pelosi at the time to release the, the adjacent Capitol security footage of all things that happened on that day. Is that something that you’d be interested in doing? Congressman Gates said that he said that you would be willing to do that did that?”
Somewhat surprisingly to many on the right, McCarthy, said that he would do that, saying “Yeah, I think the public should see what has happened on that.”
Continuing, he then said “I’ve watched what Nancy Pelosi did, where she politicized it. Were for the first time in the history as a speaker, not allowing the minority to appoint to a committee to pick and choose. We watched the politicization of this, I think the American public should actually see all what happened instead of a report that’s written for political basis. And I think the answer we’re looking through that I want to be very thoughtful about it, but yes, I’m engaged to do that.”
Watch him here:
.@SpeakerMcCarthy says he’s going to release all of the security footage from January 6. pic.twitter.com/RHaSnwJDAp
— The Dirty Truth (Josh) (@AKA_RealDirty) January 12, 2023
Many people on Twitter were happy with McCarthy’s response, commenting things like:
“That is the exact answer I wanted. Not to just dump everything as there is legitimate security concerns (OPSEC). However, the DOJ is exposing security features by bringing people to trial, and the extreme pollicization has made it a public interest overriding those concerns.”
Others demanded McCarthy actually take action rather than just talk about releasing the tapes, saying things like:
“How about you just do it and stop talking?”
“How about you just do it vs talk about doing it”
Still others were skeptical that McCarthy intends on following through, with one commenter saying “He didn’t say that at all. He said he wants to be thoughtful about it and that he’s open to it. Tap Danced around the question like a typical politician.“