McCarthy Defends Releasing Jan. 6 Tapes to Carlson, Fires Right Back at CNN Reporter After He Whines

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stood firm on his decision to make thousands of hours of video footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion available to Fox News host Tucker Carlson after a CNN reporter implied he had done something wrong.

In the mind of CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju, offering Americans a broader perspective of the events that day is a bad idea.

Carlson’s producers sifted through more than 40,000 hours of video from the incursion, which followed a rally that day by then-President Donald Trump and resulted in a delay in the certification of the 2020 election and at least 1,000 arrests.

The House select committee that investigated the incident portrayed it as the near-end of the republic in a series of dramatic and theatrical hearings last year. Committee members quite literally enlisted the services of a Hollywood producer to sell their story.

But the committee’s seven Democrats and two fiercely anti-Trump Republicans suppressed clips that Carlson showed his audience Monday. The videos told a different story from the one the left-wing establishment media and Democrats wanted to sell.

While there was indisputably violence at the Capitol two years ago, not every person who entered the building was there to rampage.

At least one prominent and now-convicted trespasser, “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, apparently had police officers as tour guides, the new videos show.

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