Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee is urging an inquiry into the defunct House January 6 committee, alleging that former and current committee members intentionally concealed certain Capitol riot footage. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has initiated the release of over 40,000 hours of footage captured during the events of January 6, 2021, when protesters expressing discontent with the 2020 election outcome breached the Capitol.
Senator Lee, utilizing the platform X (formerly Twitter), questioned the integrity of former Republican representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Lee raised doubts about their motives, asking why they never referenced the released tapes and suggesting they were engrossed in selectively leaking text messages of targeted Republicans.
In a video post accompanying his platform messages, Lee showcased footage purportedly depicting Capitol police facilitating protesters’ passage through the building on January 6, 2021.
Lee accused Cheney and Kinzinger of being complicit in hiding the January 6 tapes, contending that they share similarities with those advocating for the reauthorization of FISA 702 without reforms. He emphasized the need for an investigation into the January 6 committee.
The senator extended his criticism to the committee as a whole and its architect, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Lee questioned the extent of footage and records deliberately lost or destroyed by Pelosi and the committee, given the evidence they allegedly suppressed.
Responding to a post by Cheney featuring “some January 6th video,” Lee dismissed it as repetitive, accusing her of deliberately withholding other crucial footage. He speculated about the potential involvement of federal agents among the protesters, adding skepticism about receiving truthful information.
In another post, Lee asserted that taxpayer dollars funded the committee, characterizing it as a sham. He highlighted a released clip showing an uncuffed officer releasing a protester inside the Capitol on January 6, expressing surprise at the unprecedented scenario.
Speaker Johnson, responsible for releasing the remaining footage, emphasized his commitment to truth and transparency. He pledged to make 44,000 hours of video available to the public, allowing them to form their own interpretations rather than relying on a limited group of officials. Johnson acknowledged that approximately 5% of the footage might be withheld due to security concerns, and some faces would be blurred to protect individuals from potential retaliation.
The gradual release of the footage, managed by the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight, aims to provide insight into the events of January 6, 2021, while addressing security considerations.
See other clips from the newly released footage debunking Cheney and other uni-party politicians’ false January 6 claims: