House Republicans are moving to provide defendants in Jan. 6-related cases access to thousands of hours of internal Capitol security footage, a move that could influence many of the ongoing prosecutions stemming from 2021’s violent attack.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who chairs the House Administration Committee’s oversight subpanel, said that the access for accused rioters and others — which Speaker Kevin McCarthy has greenlighted — would be granted on a “case-by-case basis.”
“Everyone accused of a crime in this country deserves due process, which includes access to evidence which may be used to prove their guilt or innocence,” Loudermilk told POLITICO in a statement.
Read the full article. Federal police officials have said that publicizing the raw video could compromise Capitol security protocols and provide future insurrectionists with a road map to a successful attack. You may recall that Loudermilk has publicly compared Trump to Jesus.
It’s unclear if the Justice Department has requested similar access.
Also notable: Loudermilk is intimately familiar with the Jan. 6 committee’s release of surveillance footage — he was in some of it leading a tour through Capitol offices on Jan. 5. https://t.co/haDIATr4Hc
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 28, 2023
Riot Panel Releases Loudermilk Tour Footage [VIDEO] – https://t.co/4dhxD5SA4P pic.twitter.com/yLk27scKoE
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) June 15, 2022
JUST IN: Select committee releases new details of Loudermilk’s tour, showing actual evidence of the guests photographing tunnels/hallways and other details of the complex that the committee says are not typically of interest to tours.https://t.co/1C5XdvH4fE pic.twitter.com/pVruGhmlXc
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 15, 2022
Surveillance footage shows a tour led by Loudermilk to areas in the House Office Buildings, as well as the entrances to Capitol tunnels.
Individuals on the tour photographed/recorded areas not typically of interest to tourists: hallways, staircases and security checkpoints. pic.twitter.com/Rjhf2BTdbc
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 15, 2022