Trump Applauds Speaker Johnson’s Release of Jan. 6 Tapes, Calls it a Courageous Move : Former President Trump expressed his admiration for Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Friday, commending him for the bold decision to publicly release footage from the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
The tapes, shared by the Committee on House Administration, offer a glimpse into the events during the insurrection, with approximately 90 hours released so far out of a total of 44,000 hours. The full collection is expected to be made public by Monday.
In a Truth Social post on Friday, Trump wrote, “Congratulations to Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson for having the Courage and Fortitude to release all of the J6 Tapes, which will explicitly reveal what really happened on January 6th!”
The House committee had announced its intention to release the tapes back in September. Speaker Johnson emphasized the significance of this decision, stating,
“This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the media an ability to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials.
” To address privacy concerns, faces of private citizens were blurred, and around 5 percent of the footage will be redacted for building security reasons.
The release of these tapes comes nearly three years after the riot, with several Republican lawmakers advocating for their public disclosure over the years. Among them is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a staunch ally of the former president, who stated earlier this year,
“We need to release the J6 tapes to a public online source so that everyone knows what did and didn’t happen, we need to restore fair justice, and America can move on.”
The development also follows former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) decision in February to grant access to some of the tapes to then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson. McCarthy’s move had sparked speculation about the timing and manner in which the footage would be released.