Now We Know Why Capitol Police Won’t Release Any of Those 14,000 Hours of Jan. 6 Footage — Congress is Blocking It

  • The U.S. public is purposefully being kept in the dark about what actually happened on January 6. But it isn’t Donald Trump or his associates that stand in the way — it’s the Democrat-led Congress.
  • The Capitol Police are seeking to shut down a legal request for its communications and surveillance video on January 6, as was requested in connection with a Judicial Watch lawsuit.
  • The Speaker Pelosi-led House “has argued that the videos and emails are not public records, there is no public interest in their release, and that ‘sovereign immunity’ prevents citizens from suing for their release,” Judicial Watch pointed out.
  • The Capitol Police’s excuse for not providing transparency to the public, more than one year after the highly controversial and politically consequential incident, did not satisfy Judicial Watch.
  • “In ‘the courts of this country’ – including the federal courts – the common law bestows upon the public a right of access to public records and documents … the Supreme Court was unequivocal in stating that there is a federal common law right of access ‘to inspect and copy public records and documents’,’ Judicial Watch wrote. “[T]he general rule is that all three branches of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, are subject to the common law right. The right of access is a precious ‘common law right … that predates the Constitution itself.”