(FreedomBeacon.com)- The US Capitol is one of the most surveilled buildings in the country. Hundreds of cameras film what goes on inside and outside. And despite thousands of hours of video evidence from the January 6 melee at the Capitol, this video footage is being withheld from not only defense attorneys for January 6 detainees, but from the public as well.
American Greatness senior editor Julie Kelly, one of the only journalists extensively covering the hearings and detentions of those arrested for the January 6 melee, reported in May that Capitol Police are withholding over 14,000 hours of footage from between noon and 8:00 pm on that day.
Kelly wrote in May that the Capitol Police argued that making the footage available to the defense “could provoke future violence.”
What nonsense. The footage could no doubt include exculpatory evidence defense attorneys could use. Keeping it hidden is preventing defendants from receiving a fair trial.
In February, Judicial Watch sued the US Capitol Police not only for that video footage but also for emails and other documents related to the January 6 riot.
Problem is, Congress is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. And since the US Capitol Police work for Congress, they are exempt as well. So Judicial Watch brought the case under the “common law right of access to public records.”
USCP declined to produce any of the records, arguing that the videos and emails are not “public records” and the public interest does not warrant their release.
Last Friday, in an updated statement on the lawsuit, Judicial Watch said that it has filed a motion for discovery to obtain these records, adding that Nancy Pelosi, along with the USCP “must have something to hide about January 6.”
Judicial Watch has asked the court to grant them the ability to gather evidence “about the preservation and use of the infamous January 6 videos.”
In its statement, Judicial Watch quoted Nancy Pelosi herself in making the case for why the public has the right to access these records. After all, Pelosi herself described January 6 as “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history” and said “It is imperative that we find the truth of that day.”
Last Thursday, One America News report John Hines interviewed Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton on this lawsuit – watch it HERE.