Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), chair of the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, has revealed that all the footage from Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack is going to be security reviewed before it is handed to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Loudermilk noted that his panel is currently collaborating with the sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police to ensure that none of the released footage could contain any possible security risks. On Tuesday while responding to a question, Loudermilk explained that they will have “controlled access to be able to view tapes.” This means that they can request specific clips which will then be reviewed to ensure nothing sensitive or classified is contained in them before the clip is given. They will also not be allowed to record or “take anything.”
Last week Carlson during his show stated that his producers had “unfettered” access to around 44,000 hours of security footage taken on Jan. 6, 2021. He added that the producers had already started reviewing the footage.
However, no information had been provided on what security protocols were present to handle the release of the footage.
Democrats have criticized Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) decision to provide Carlson with access to all of the footage, as Carlson has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the attack. They have also pointed out that there are possible security risks associated with the footage being out in the open.
Other media companies have requested that the access be extended to them.