Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has called for an investigation into the House Jan. 6 Committee, alleging that the committee selectively ignored evidence. This comes after security footage from inside the Capitol was released, showing police officers assisting rioters on Jan. 6. Lee questioned why Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), the only Republican members on the committee, did not refer to any of these tapes. He suggested that they may have never looked for the tapes or questioned their own narrative, instead choosing to selectively leak text messages of Republicans they wanted to defeat.
In response to these allegations, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has started releasing 40,000 hours of security camera footage from the Capitol riots. Johnson believes that this decision will allow millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations, and the media to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than relying on the interpretation of a small group of government officials.
According to the Justice Department, more than 1,100 people have been charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, with over 400 charged for assaulting police officers. The Architect of the Capitol estimates that the rioters caused around $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol building.
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