Jan. 6 Footage Gets Released?

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On Tuesday (February 28), House Republicans revealed that it would share tens of thousands of hours of video footage with January 6 Capitol rioters facing charges.

The move to provide the footage comes as House Republicans already gave access to Fox News host Tucker Carlson — raising security, political, and legal questions.

Chairman of the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA.), revealed he would be considering requests from defendants for access to the January 6 Footage. The subcommittee oversees all public requests for access to footage and files related to the January 6 insurrection.

Loudermilk relayed that he had heard that defendants hadn’t “had access to some [footage].”

He described giving them the footage as “a process,” giving defendants “access to terminals to review footage.”

He added that if the defendants wanted to put the footage “to use in trial,” they would have to “make sure there’s nothing sensitive.”

Loudermilk added that the subcommittee was “hurriedly but strategically” assembling protocols that would have things in place by “next week to where people can request [access to the footage].”

According to other reports, prosecutors and defense attorneys have had access to a number of videos and files from January 6.

The New York Times revealed defense attorneys for the January 6 defendants have been able to access material in the Department of Justice’s possession.

However, a Monday filing suggests the new footage the House GOP is releasing is “more than double the amount of CCTV footage previously thought to exist.”