Democratic Lawmaker Weighs in on Release of Jan. 6 Footage

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( – According to a report from The Hill, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) spoke up about the release of the footage from the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, stating that the footage was going to show that it was indeed an insurrection.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Wilson argued that she had been in the Capitol on the day of the attack and that all the extra hours of footage was going to show that the attack had been an insurrection. She added that the security footage was going to show thousands of “extreme MAGA Republicans” storming into the U.S. Capitol illegally in an attack on the peaceful transfer of power.

On Friday, November 17, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced plans to release the 44,000 hours of security footage from the Capitol. He said in a statement that the move would allow everyone to see what really happened as opposed to “having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials.” According to AP News, he released an initial batch of footage on the same day and intends to release the rest over the coming months.

Mike Johnson has stated that around 5 percent of the footage was not going to be released and would be redacted due to security concerns. He further claimed that the faces of private citizens would be blurred in the tapes released.

Many Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, have praised Johnson for choosing to release the footage which they claim would alter the narrative of what had actually occurred that day.

Trump posted on his social media platform, Truth Social, congratulating Johnson on the release and stating that this was going to help them reveal exactly what had occurred on the day of the attack.

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