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Ranking Member Davis Demands Release of 1/5 Capitol Security Tapes

WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) sent a letter to the US Capitol Police Board demanding release of all January 5th Capitol Security Tapes to the public in a timely manner, and warned that he will use his authority under the law to release them himself if they do not comply. This comes after the partisan 1/6 Select Committee falsely accused Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) of giving reconnaissance tours of the Capitol on January 5th, 2021 without producing evidence. 

Text of the full letter can be found here or below:

“I write today to demand that the U.S. Capitol Police Board immediately and without delay release all video footage of the U.S. Capitol from January 5, 2021.

“According to recent press reports, the partisan January 6th Select Committee has falsely accused Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11), a respected member of this Committee, of leading so-called reconnaissance tours of the U.S. Capitol on January 5, 2021. This is demonstrably false. As you are aware, Committee Minority staff have reviewed all footage in question and have confirmed no “reconnaissance tours” occurred.

“Further, any argument that this footage represents sensitive “security information” was destroyed once the Board provided copies to Democrat impeachment managers for public dissemination or it otherwise became available to the public.

“If the Board has any hope of preserving a reputation as an unbiased security agency and re-establishing itself as a non-partisan entity, there is no alternative but to release the tapes. If the Board does not release the relevant footage in a timely manner, I will have no choice but to exercise my authority under 2 U.S.C. § 1979 to release the footage myself.”

Background:
As 2 USC 1979 states: (c) Rule of construction. Nothing in this section may be construed to affect the ability of the Senate and the House of Representatives (including any Member, officer, or committee of either House of Congress) to obtain information from the Capitol Police regarding the operations and activities of the Capitol Police that affect the Senate and House of Representatives.

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