A group of news outlets are demanding that they receive access to tens of thousands of hours of surveillance footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) gave to Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier this week.
Attorney Charles Tobin sent a letter on Thursday on behalf of 10 media organizations to congressional leadership to request all closed-circuit camera footage recorded inside the Capitol and on the grounds outside the building as was given to Carlson.
The outlets included in the coalition are Advance Publications, ABC, Axios, CNN, CBS, The E.W. Scripps Company, Gannett, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and ProPublica.
The Washington Post is part of another coalition of news outlets, which includes the Associated Press and the New York Times, that sent a letter to McCarthy seeking access to the material.
McCarthy’s decision to provide the video to Carlson also raised concerns such as whether Capitol Police will need to change the location of security cameras. Some members of the House questioned why the speaker would grant the content to a Fox News host who has promoted baseless accusations about the attack.
Carlson has repeatedly cast doubt on official accounts of what happened on Jan. 6 and has claimed it was a “false flag” operation.
MyPillow Guy Mike Lindell said he will sue House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for giving Fox News host Tucker Carlson exclusive access to hours of surveillance footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.