Former President Trump’s spokesman Liz Harrington said in a tweet something many MAGA
movement supporters have been waiting for since January 6, POTUS: "In all fairness, the Capitol Police were ushering people in."
In that one short tweet former President Trump gave the January 6 political prisoners the support they have long awaited – and made a point that the establishment media and Democrat narrative has moved mountains to obfuscate – many of those who entered the Capitol did so at the invitation of the Capitol Police and were entirely peaceful during their brief stay there.
Link to Twitter post containing video: click here
President Trump’s statement also begs an important legal question: Were the January 6 protesters in the video even on notice that their presence in the Capitol was unlawful and would be considered trespassing or disruption of an official proceeding?
This is incredibly important to defending the prosecutions of those individuals targeted in the FBI’s manhunt for January 6 protesters. How many of those who have been arrested were invited into the Capitol? And more importantly, how many have been granted access to the video evidence and have legal counsel competent and well-briefed enough to plead that as part of their defense?
As our friend Julie Kelly asked in an article for American Greatness, have we seen a full and fair depiction of exactly what happened that day? The answer, as evidenced by an ongoing coverup by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Justice Department, clearly is no.
Almost all the January 6 video seen by the public isn’t from official government sources but by social media users and journalists on the scene. For example, the widely viewed footage of protestors occupying the Senate chamber was recorded by a New Yorker journalist.
But thousands of hours of real-time footage is in the hands of the Capitol Police—and that agency, along with government lawyers and federal judges, is using every legal trick possible to keep the trove hidden from the public even as clips are presented in court as evidence against hundreds of January 6 defendants.
Ms. Kelly further reported that, according to an affidavit filed in March by Thomas DiBiase, the Capitol Police department’s general counsel, the building is monitored 24/7 by an “extensive system of cameras” positioned both inside and outside the building as well as near other congressional offices on the grounds.
The system captured more than 14,000 hours of footage between noon and 8 p.m. on January 6; the archive was made available to two Democratic-controlled congressional committees, the FBI, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police department. (After a request by Congress, the agency reportedly handed over footage from the entire 24-hour period.)
What, exactly, is the government trying to hide, asked Ms. Kelly? How can activity inside and outside a public building be considered “highly sensitive?” In response to a Freedom of Information Act filing by Judicial Watch, Capitol Police told the group the recordings are not “public records.” But of course they are. A security system controlled by a federal agency in a public building paid for by taxpayers to conduct the public business of public officials is most certainly a public record.
We’ve seen this unaccountable secrecy from the Capitol Police and their Democrat bosses before, when an Inspector General’s report detailing misbehavior and malfeasance by the Capitol Police was deemed too sensitive to be released, even to congressional staff.
The American public still doesn’t know exactly what happened on January 6—and it’s clear the government will use any means necessary to keep it that way. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Representatives and Senators to demand they force the Capitol Police to release the entire corpus of 14,000 hours of surveillance footage of January 6 to the public, especially to the defendants, their attorneys and to the news media, including CHQ.
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