Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) had nothing but accolades for newly elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Friday night. Interviewed on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the representative praised the Republican leader for keeping promises he made last week.
McCarthy survived a harrowing four-day election process to grasp the Speaker’s gavel, and on many points, he had to find a compromise with reluctant party members to garner their support. In the end, Gaetz said it worked out well.
The Florida lawmaker focused his attention on injustices concerning the Jan. 6 incident at the Capitol while addressing Carlson and the Fox audience.
Proclaiming “Bravo, Speaker McCarthy,” Gaetz noted that an agreement on evidence from that fateful day was not in place at the beginning of last week. However, “Speaker McCarthy, to his great credit, understood this was important to a great many of us.”
He further noted that “when we get this 14,000 hours out, we will be able to see the extent to which the federal agents and assets…may or may not have increased the level of criminal activity.”
The 14,000 hours Gaetz referred to is the massive amount of unseen footage from Jan. 6. The representative has made it his mission to secure the release of the video evidence so that the American public may better judge what actually happened at the Capitol.
Gaetz: Republicans will release “14,000 hours of [J6] tapes that have been hidden”
Looks like truth about Pelosi’s Fed-Op is going to be exposed even further!
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Speaking to conservative commentator Charlie Kirk last week, Gaetz said the tapes would provide “more full context” to the eventful day besides the “cherry-picked moments” the Jan. 6 House committee used to “divide our country.”
More evidence has recently come to light concerning the controversial role of 62-year-old Ray Epps. He was captured several times on video on both Jan. 5th and 6th provoking protesters to enter the Capitol building. He is also clearly seen at the forefront of police line breaches.
Despite this footage, Epps has never drawn the scrutiny of either the Jan. 6 committee or law enforcement.
Gaetz believes, with the assistance of McCarthy’s release of the video footage, that it will be proven that most people did not intend to violate the law. He noted that in the wake of disputed national events from JFK to 9/11 to Jan. 6, it is government agencies themselves that block transparency.
The representative complimented the new House Speaker for keeping his pledge to conservative lawmakers to bring the evidence out into the light of day. Gaetz is right, and it will be up to the people to decide who the lawbreakers were on that fateful day in Washington.