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Judge Blocks J6 Defendant from Reviewing 44,000 Hours of Capitol Security Footage

The United States government continues to block the American people from getting full transparency over the events of January 6.

As Politico reported, “A federal judge on Friday denied a Jan. 6 defendant’s request to delay her imminent trial in order to review thousands of hours of security footage recently made available by Speaker Kevin McCarthy.”

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg did not grant defendant Sara Carpenter’s request to review the nearly 44,000 hours of footage the government has collected on the Capitol riots. Judge Boasberg had already granted Carpenter’s defense the 34 minutes of surveillance footage pertaining to her time inside the building.

As the report noted, “Boasberg worried that widely permitting Jan. 6 defendants to slow down their criminal proceedings. The judge argued that this footage could “derail dozens of trials that are set in the next few months.”

Boasberg, who is set to become Washington D.C.’s chief district court judge later this month, suggested that to support a delay, he would need a precise explanation on why the footage might contain exculpatory evidence.

Federal prosecutors opposed Carpenter’s request to access the footage. They argued that the defense already had the “overwhelming” majority of relevant security footage, which left only “a matter of seconds” missing. Prosecutors also claimed it is unclear to them what is in the cache of footage that McCarthy is allowing limited access to.

“We don’t have what the speaker has,” said assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Cook. “In any case, there’s always the possibility some information may be out there.”

According to a brand new Rasmussen poll, 61 percent of all voters – including 57 percent of Democrats – believe that federal agents helped incite the January 6th riot.

“How likely is it that undercover government agents helped provoke the Capitol riot?” Rasmussen asked. The pollster found that 61 percent of likely voters said it was either very likely (39 percent) or somewhat likely (22 percent) that federal agents had set up the rioters.

“Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans, as well as 57% of both Democrats and unaffiliated voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that undercover government agents helped provoke the Capitol riot,” Rasmussen found.

In any event, the January 6 narrative is crumbling. The U.S. government’s resistance to transparency has fostered distrust; the only solution is to give Americans the ugly truth in full.


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