The U.S. public is purposefully being kept in the dark about what actually happened on January 6. But it isn’t Donald Trump or his associates that stand in the way — it’s the Democrat-led Congress.
The Capitol Police are seeking to shut down a legal request for its communications and surveillance video on January 6, as was requested in connection with a Judicial Watch lawsuit.
The Congress that oversees the Capitol Police has blocked it from releasing the footage, claiming preposterously it is not in the “public interest,” nor is it a matter of “public record.” It is also claiming “sovereign immunity.”
The Speaker Pelosi-led House “has argued that the videos and emails are not public records, there is no public interest in their release, and that ‘sovereign immunity’ prevents citizens from suing for their release,” Judicial Watch pointed out.
On January 21, 2021, Judicial Watch issued a request for the following:
- Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
- Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
- All video footage from within the Capitol between 12 pm and 9 pm on January 6, 2021.
According to Judicial Watch, the Capitol Police provided the following rationale to the court for continuing to withhold the requested information:
The USCP’s camera security system, including footage recorded by it within the Capitol and sought by [Judicial Watch], is solely for national security and law enforcement purposes.
Access to video footage from the USCP’s camera security system is limited to narrow circumstances and strictly controlled by USCP policy.
The USCP has not made any public disclosures of video footage from January 6 from its camera security system.
There are currently pending criminal investigations and prosecutions of individuals involved in the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
There are currently pending congressional investigations into the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The Capitol Police’s excuse for not providing transparency to the public, more than one year after the highly controversial and politically consequential incident, did not satisfy Judicial Watch.
“In ‘the courts of this country’ – including the federal courts – the common law bestows upon the public a right of access to public records and documents … the Supreme Court was unequivocal in stating that there is a federal common law right of access ‘to inspect and copy public records and documents’,’ Judicial Watch wrote. “[T]he general rule is that all three branches of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, are subject to the common law right. The right of access is a precious ‘common law right … that predates the Constitution itself.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton added: “The Pelosi Congress (and its police department) is telling a federal court it is immune from all transparency under law and is trying to hide every second of its January 6 videos and countless emails.”
“The hypocrisy is rich, as this is the same Congress that is trying to jail witnesses who, citing privileges, object to providing documents to the Pelosi rump January 6 committee,” he added.
The January 6 event is being weaponized by the Democratic Party ahead of the 2022 midterms, but the Congress it runs is simultaneously blocking the American public from fully knowing what actually happened. The partisan January 6 committee’s track record not one where it is making an honest effort to uncover the truth, but one where it is evidently trying to bury it.
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