Newly released footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot shows Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) evacuating the Capitol building behind other congressional colleagues, undercutting the selectively edited video shown at the Jan. 6 committee hearing.
During the hearings, the footage was edited to make it appear that Hawley fled the capitol alone, but the new footage, aired by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, shows that Hawley was following a group of his colleagues.
The footage showing Hawley running out of the Capitol building was aired during the hearings. When it was shown to the audience in the hearings by Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), audience members were heard erupting in laughter. However, the committee only showed the portion of the clip with Hawley running alone, noting that he had been seen earlier in the day raising a fist to those gathered outside the Capitol security gates prior to the riot.
Hawley’s communication director, Abigail Marone, reacted to the footage, tweeting, “reminder that the ‘producers’ who the clownshow Jan 6 committee hired knew what they were doing when they lied to the American people. They had all the footage and chose to take it out of context to go after their political opponents like Josh Hawley. And they bragged about it.”
“The American people should’ve had the full context all along,” she added. “Instead we got a Democrat political ad funded by our taxpayer dollars.”
Hawley has spoken in full support of the release of the tapes, which have garnered controversy from both sides of the aisle, and openly disagreed with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the release a “mistake.”
Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday morning, claiming that Carlson knew “full well he was lying” about the footage.
“Last night millions of Americans tuned into one of the most shameful hours we have ever seen on cable television,” Schumer said.
“With disregard of the risks and knowing full well he was lying, lying to his audience, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ran a lengthy segment last night, arguing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was not a violent insurrection,” Schumer said.
“I and so many others who were here” on Jan. 6, 2021, “are just furious with Tucker Carson and Kevin McCarthy today,” Schumer continued.
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