Top Republican Reverses Course on Public Release of January 6th Tapes

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One top Republican is reversing their previous calls for tapes from January 6th to be released to the public, now saying that doing so would endanger the security of the U.S. Capitol after previously saying that the footage should be public so that “everyone knows what did or didn’t happen.” 

The reversal in opinion comes after it was announced earlier this week that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy would be releasing a significant amount of footage to three outlets. McCarthy had already released 44,000 hours of footage to then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, bringing criticism from those who said the footage could pose a major security risk.

Greene Flips Calls for Footage Release

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene reversed her earlier calls to release the footage from January 6th publically on Friday, now saying that she is worried about the possible security risks associated with the release to the public.

In an interview with conservative outlet Real America's Voice, Greene says that releasing the video would jeopardize the security of the U.S. Capitol and endanger those that were at the Capitol but did not engage in any criminal activity.

“And this is our real concern with the video tapes. If we released these video tapes just widely for the public — number one, we put the security of the Capitol at risk because there’s over 1,700 video cameras,” Greene said

“Number two, we also endanger many Americans that were simply standing on the Capitol grounds, maybe never even walked through the Capitol or committed any crimes, but they could have just walked further than where the barrier was simply because the barrier was torn down by the time they got there,” she continued. 

Greene has repeatedly downplayed the events of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, including remarks from late last year where she suggested that those involved "would have won" if she were involved in the storming of the Capitol.

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