Former Speaker Commends Successor For Releasing J6 Tapes

Former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) applauded his successor Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) for releasing tapes of the January 6 Capitol protest.
Speaker Johnson announced he would release surveillance footage inside the Capitol during the protest. Since then, several pieces of footage have been released, with Chairman of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) set to release more in the coming days.
McCarthy, while speaking on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” commended Johnson for releasing the footage. The former speaker added that his successor is doing a “tremendous job.”
McCarthy began releasing the tapes during his short tenure as House speaker. The former speaker told host Maria Bartiromo that he began releasing the tapes because the new GOP majority wanted transparency.

“The one thing I had found is, we wanted transparency. So, when we took the majority, [the] first thing I did was make sure those tapes became under the responsibility of House Administration. What we found was, [the] January 6 Committee had lied to us, that there were thousands of more hours of tape,” McCarthy said. And the first thing I wanted to make sure is, anybody who was in jail, had the right to a defense [and] was able to see those tapes. So that was the priority. The defense was able to go through those. We started bringing the press in to be able to see it. We were building a portal where every time the press looked at something and they went through it, the public was able to get it.”
Loudermilk, who is working to process the footage, was accused of giving protesters a “reconnaissance tour” of the Capitol a day before the protest. McCarthy maintains that the tape proves that the accusations against Loudermilk were not true.

“Barry Loudermilk has done a tremendous job, congressman from Georgia walking through this,” McCarthy said, adding, “Remember, he got — they accused him of something that’s not true, the January 6 Committee, and the tapes actually proved that it was not true, that he wasn’t giving tours inside. And that’s really what drove this.”