House Democrats are scrambling after news broke that Speaker Kevin McCarthy handed over 41,000 hours of footage from January 6 to Tucker Carlson and Fox News, according to the Daily Wire.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the House Minority Leader, sent a letter to colleagues Tuesday saying his office is working to garner more information about the transfer, which he considers a “security breach.”
“The apparent transfer of video footage represents an egregious security breach that endangers the hardworking women and men of the United States Capitol Police, who valiantly defended our democracy with their lives at risk,” Jeffries opined.
Hakeem Jeffries writes in a Dear Colleague to Dems: "The apparent transfer of video footage represents an egregious security breach that endangers the hardworking women and men of the United States Capitol Police, who valiantly defended our democracy with their lives at risk" https://t.co/HGXeQN1TBq pic.twitter.com/iHWA28jjKs
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) February 21, 2023
Jeffries also indicated in his press release that the issue would be discussed during the Democrats’ virtual caucus meeting on Wednesday.
The minority leader said that House Administration Committee ranking member Joe Morelle (D-NY) and former Chairman of the January 6 Committee Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would give presentations regarding the situation.
Monday, Axios first reported that McCarthy handed over the trove of Capitol surveillance to Carlson, and Carlson confirmed the news later on during “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“Some of our smartest producers have been there looking at this stuff, 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 said.
“We think already that in some ways it does contradict that story,” he continued, before promising to cover specifics in the coming weeks.
BREAKING: Tucker Carlson says the Jan 6 footage he has seen directly contradicts what we’ve been told.
It was all a lie.pic.twitter.com/1XMmRy5mE5
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 21, 2023
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger confirmed the validity of the story with CNN, stating that his department had little say in the matter.
“When congressional leadership or congressional oversight committees ask for things like this, we must give it to them,” Manger said.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who emerged as one of McCarthy’s most crucial Republican allies during January’s speakership election, took to Twitter to celebrate the news as it broke Monday.
“For all of you that doubted we would release the tapes. Here you go,” Taylor Greene tweeted. “I’m very happy to be right again in my support for Kevin McCarthy as our Speaker.
For all of you that doubted we would release the tapes.
Here you go!
I’m very happy to be right again in my support for Kevin McCarthy as our Speaker.
Americans deserve to see the truth, not a one sided narrative and unfair two tiered justice system.https://t.co/EkVvbTwxcP
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) February 20, 2023