According to a stunning new report from Axios, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has given Fox News’ Tucker Carlson exclusive access to 41,000 hours of Capitol security footage from the Jan. 6 incident.
Carlson TV producers were on Capitol Hill last week to begin sorting through the collection, which includes several camera views from all across the grounds of the Capitol. In the following weeks, excerpts will begin to air.
Carlson has consistently questioned government explanations of the January 6th incidents.
During the events of January 6th, Carlson condemned the violence and called for those responsible to be held accountable and face consequences.
However, he subsequently questioned the official narrative of the events of that day and downplayed the severity of the riot.
Carlson went on to suggest that the riot was not an insurrection but rather a protest that got out of hand.
He also criticized those who referred to the rioters as “domestic terrorists” and suggested that the response to the riot was an overreaction by law enforcement and the media.
Over the following weeks and months, Carlson would go on to express skepticism about the official narrative and downplay the severity of the riot.
He also focused on other issues related to the event, such as the role of big tech in censorship.
According to an email between the show and a McCarthy representative seen by Axios, the process with Carlson began in early February.
McCarthy had previously told reporters that he believed that “the American public should actually see all [that] happened instead of a report that’s written [on] a political basis.”
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