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Kevin McCarthy Defends Releasing January 6 Tapes, Torches CNN Reporter To Their Face

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to reporters outside of his office in the U.S. Capitol Building on March 07, 2023 in Washington, DC. Reporters asked McCarthy about the Fox News' Tucker Carlson's recent coverage of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and the footage from security cameras that the Speaker released to the TV personality.
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed a CNN reporter during a brief interaction with reporters in which he answered questions about releasing footage from the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“Because of the footage that you gave Tucker Carlson, last night he went on and said this was a mostly peaceful chaos as he said, he downplayed Brian Sicknick’s death, said it was not related to January 6, that this was not an insurrection,” CNN’s Manu Raju said. “Do you regret giving him those [tapes] so he could whitewash the events of that day?”

“No. I said at the very beginning, ‘transparency,'” McCarthy said. “And so what I wanted to produce for everybody is exactly what I said, people can actually look at it and see what’s gone on that day.”

When asked if he agreed with Carlson’s portrayal of the events that took place on January 6, McCarthy said, “Each person can come up with their own conclusion.”

“But I just wanted to make sure I had transparency, because I know on CNN, I mean, I had here where you guys actually wrote where we were,” McCarthy continued as he held up the printed off CNN report. “This was a secret location … I don’t know if you got concerned by that, I don’t even know from a point of view of security if we could ever be taken there again. But when you broke that at CNN, that was a real concern to a lot of people.”

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