GOP Threatens Jan 5 Committee

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House Republicans are threatening the release of a Capitol Police video taken on Jan. 5, 2021. This video they say would defend a colleague accused of giving tours the day before the riot. However, the video is not yet in their possession. 

The House committee investigating the Capitol Riot attack on Jan. 6, 2021, asked Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) to speak with investigators and review footage of the lawmaker giving a tour of the Capitol to visitors. 

The accusations are a challenge to Republicans on the House Administration Committee, one of which is Loudermilk, who have for a time asked for a release of the tapes after accusations about them showing visitors around the day before the attack emerged. 

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However, to acquire the footage the external hard drive needed to store it could cost as much as $20,000.

“Committee Minority staff have reviewed all footage in question and have confirmed no ‘reconnaissance tours’ occurred,” ranking member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) wrote in a letter sent to the Capitol Police Board on Friday.

“If the Board has any hope of preserving a reputation as an unbiased security agency and re-establishing itself as a non-partisan entity, there is no alternative but to release the tapes. If the Board does not release the relevant footage in a timely manner, I will have no choice but to exercise my authority under 2 U.S.C. § 1979 to release the footage myself,” he continued.

The House Administration Committee has asked for the release of the footage since February. In fact, in a letter, they said that the video “does not support these repeated Democrat accusations about so-called ‘reconnaissance’ tours.”

“Clearly things have changed when one of our committee members is being insinuated that he led reconnaissance tours in the Capitol on Jan. 5 when we know for a fact the video footage shows otherwise,” a senior aide to the committee said. 

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