In a statement posted on X, Speaker Johnson declared, "Today, I am keeping my promise to the American people and making all the January 6th tapes available to ALL Americans."
This announcement comes in the wake of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's failure to deliver on his pledge to release the Jan. 6 footage. The release of these recordings has been eagerly awaited by Republican politicians and voters, particularly since the establishment of what many Republicans consider to be a "sham" Jan. 6 committee by former Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Additionally, the Biden administration has faced allegations of weaponizing the Department of Justice to unfairly target individuals involved in the riot, resulting in severe prison sentences.
Speaker Johnson's explosive announcement has garnered widespread praise on social media platforms. The decision to make the footage accessible to the public is seen as a significant step towards transparency and accountability.