Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced on Sunday he would “slowly roll out” the January 6 footage to other news media after granting exclusive access to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
McCarthy told Fox News he would “slowly roll out to every individual news agency. They can come see the tapes as well,” The Hill reported.
McCarthy has stood by his decision to give exclusive Carlson access to the January 6 footage in the face of mounting criticism.
“I didn’t give the tapes. I allowed [Carlson] to come see them, just like an exclusive with anybody else,” McCarthy said on Sunday. “My goal here is transparency.”
However, many RINOs and Democrats suffered collective meltdowns over the footage release.
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took aim at Fox News and Carlson for what police Chief Tom Manger claimed was “cherry picking” footage.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also blasted Carlson over the footage from the Capitol.
“Last night, Fox News with Speaker McCarthy (R-Calif.) as a willing, capable and powerful accomplice, aired one of the most shameful hours we have ever seen in the entire history of cable television,” Schumer said.
“What has happened to any standards of honor, of honesty, of decency in America when this happens?” he asked.
Former Vice President Mike Pence also critised Carslom for his Janaury 6 footage broadcast.
“Make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace,” Pence said in a speech. “And it mocks decency to portray it any other way.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre joined the attacks, charging that Carlson does not believe in “truth.”
Tucker responded to the meltdowns by calling it “hysteria.”
McCarthy said he aims to promote “equal justice” in the U.S., pointing to far-left unrest and riots across the country following the death of George Floyd.
“But one thing I understand in America, we should have equal justice,” McCarthy said.
“What really raises the point with me is, why did I watch federal courts, why did I watch cities burn, federal agencies or something, and nobody arrested there? I think we should have equal justice across this country.”