People 'can come up with their own conclusion': Kevin McCarthy defends Tucker Carlson’s January 6th footage

People 'can come up with their own conclusion': Kevin McCarthy defends Tucker Carlson’s January 6th footage
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United States House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) on Tuesday defended his decision to hand over surveillance footage from the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection to Fox News host Tucker Carlson even after members of his own party condemned Carlson for crafting a misleading narrative about the events of that day.

"Footage that you gave Tucker Carlson last night, he went on. So this was a mostly peaceful chaos, as he said. He downplayed Brian Sicknick's death, said it was not related to January 6th. Said this was not an insurrection. Do you regret giving him this footage so he could whitewash the events of that day?" a reporter asked.

"No. Um, I, I said at the very beginning, transparency. And so what I wanted to produce for everybody is exactly what I said, that people could actually look at it and see what's gone on that day. So well..." McCarthy replied, triggering an eruption of questions from the gaggle.

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"Do you agree with his portrayal of what happened that day?" a journalist wondered.

McCarthy deflected and blamed the media for covering various aspects of the attack.

"Look, each person can come up with their own conclusion. But I, what I just wanted to make sure is I had transparency. Because I know in CNN, I mean I had here where you guys actually broke where we were," McCarthy said. "This was a secret location. Fort McNair. I don't know if you got concerned by that. I don't even know from 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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