Sunday, July 21, 2024

Johnson: Committee on House Administration Unveils 5,000 More Hours of January 6 Footage

by David Specht

WASHINGTON – In a continued effort to ensure transparency and accountability regarding the events of January 6, 2021, the Committee on House Administration has released an additional 5,000 hours of U.S. Capitol security footage. This move follows the previous release of 90 hours of footage and underscores the committee’s dedication to providing full disclosure to the American public.

Speaker Mike Johnson and House Administration Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Barry Loudermilk issued statements reaffirming their commitment to transparency and shedding light on the remainder of the January 6 footage.

“In order to ensure transparency and accountability, we are committed to making as much information available to the American people as possible,” said Speaker Johnson. “The release of this additional footage demonstrates our ongoing dedication to this principle.”

Chairman Loudermilk echoed Speaker Johnson’s sentiments, emphasizing the subcommittee’s mission to provide the American people with complete accountability regarding the events of January 6. “Our goal has always been to provide full transparency to the American people,” said Loudermilk. “With the release of this additional footage, we are taking another step toward achieving that goal.”

Today’s release marks a significant step forward in the committee’s efforts to make the January 6 footage accessible to every American. The decision to forgo blurring faces will expedite the release process, ensuring that the footage is available expeditiously while maintaining transparency.

As part of the background information provided, it was highlighted that the initial consideration to blur faces entailed significant logistical challenges and led to delays in delivering transparency. Additionally, law enforcement agencies already have access to the raw footage, rendering the blurring process redundant.

Moving forward, the committee will continue to review and release the remaining footage online as quickly as possible, ensuring that it does not compromise sensitive security information. Previously released blurred footage will be reuploaded without blurring, and individuals, media organizations, non-profits, and criminal defendants will have access to view each minute of the footage in person.

The ongoing efforts of the Committee on House Administration underscore a commitment to accountability and transparency, serving to uphold the integrity of the democratic process and ensure that the events of January 6 are fully understood by the American public.

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