Gearing Up for the Tucker Tapes

Protesters walk through the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has given Fox News host Tucker Carlson exclusive access to roughly 44,000 hours of Capitol complex security footage from January 6, 2021. 

McCarthy says the release provides accountability. But for Carlson, it’s an opportunity to promote his own narratives about the attack on the Capitol, which thus far have included conspiracy theories about false flag operations to persecute conservatives.

McCarthy told the New York Times in an interview that he will eventually release the footage more widely—likely after Carlson airs his reports, the first of which could come as soon as next week.

“I promised,” McCarthy said. “I was asked in the press about these tapes, and I said they do belong to the American public. I think sunshine lets everybody make their own judgment.” 

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