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March 3, 2024

GOP lawmakers release 5K hours of Jan. 6 footage

On Friday, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Oversight Subcommittee chair Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) announced the imminent release of 5,000 hours of footage taken during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol protests, as The Blaze reports, a move surely opposed by the likes of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The release is viewed as no small coincidence, given its proximity to the recent arrest of Blaze Media journalist Steve Baker in connection to his reporting on the events of that fateful day.

Video release announced

The GOP legislators made it clear that these 5,000 hours are but a small portion of the massive wave of material set to be disseminated in the weeks and months to come.

Loudermilk had previously made footage available to Baker for purpose of his investigative reporting, which has already punched significant holes in the official narrative pushed by Democrats and mainstream media outlets ever since the Capitol breach occurred.

Baker's work has served to reveal highly questionable inconsistencies in the story presented to Americans about the discovery of a pipe bomb at the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Jan. 6.

Based on the footage received from Loudermilk, Baker confirmed that the person originally described as a “passerby” who found the pipe bomb, was actually a plainclothes U.S. Capitol Police officer, and he unearthed a host of other oddities about the official narrative that require further probing.

Footage now available

As The Blaze notes, the video footage at issue has not been uploaded to the House Subcommittee on Oversight's Rumble page for viewing by any interested party.

A statement released by Johnson offered comment on the release, saying, “House Republicans again commend Chairman Loudermilk and the entire Committee on House Administration for their ongoing commitment to ensuring that there is full transparency surrounding the events of January 6.”

As Roll Call noted, House Republicans reversed an earlier decision to blur face in the footage in an attempt to protect the identities of those present for the Jan. 6 unrest.

Johnson explained, “Upon extensive further consideration within the Committee, and at my direction, the Committee will no longer plan to blur the faces of individuals in the footage given the significant logistic hurdles involved and the importance of getting this work completed as responsibly and efficiently as possible.”

Footage that has already been blurred will, according to lawmakers, be re-uploaded without the alterations, Roll Call added.

“Today's decision will significantly expedite CCTV footage releases, all of which will be made available to the American public within the next few months, without blurring or editing,” Loudermilk said, offering a sense of transparency many believe has been sorely lacking for the past three years.

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