Sen. Mike Lee calls for investigation of J6 committee after tapes released: 'Deliberately hid from us'


Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee is calling for an investigation into the now-defunct House January 6 committee, accusing former and current lawmakers who served on the committee of "deliberately" hiding some of the footage from the Capitol riots.

Lee's comments came after House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., began releasing more than 40,000 hours of footage taken at the U. S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, when protesters angry about the 2020 election results entered the halls of Congress.

Highlighting the release of the footage in a series of posts to X, formerly known as Twitter, Lee called into question the character of former Republican representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

"Why didn’t Liz Cheney and Adam Kizinger ever refer to any of these tapes? Maybe they never looked for them. Maybe they never even questioned their own narrative. Maybe they were just too busy selectively leaking the text messages of Republicans they wanted to defeat," Lee wrote in a post to the platform, which included a video that purportedly showed Capitol police officers facilitating the passage of protesters through the building that day.

Cheney and Kinzinger, Lee wrote in another post to X, were "people who helped hide the J6 tapes" and "are cut out of the same cloth as those who will tell you that FISA 702 must be reauthorized without reforms—'because search warrants require too much effort.'"

"We need to investigate the J6 committee," he wrote in another post.

Lee also took aim at the committee overall, as well as then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who appointed the select committee to investigate what took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

"Given the evidence they apparently suppressed, how much footage (and how many other records) do you think Nancy Pelosi and the J6 committee deliberately lost or destroyed?" Lee questioned in one post.

In response to a Friday post by Cheney, which included "some January 6th video" of disgruntled protesters tangling with Capitol police, Lee wrote, "Liz, we’ve seen footage like that a million times. You made sure we saw that — and nothing else. It’s the other stuff — what you deliberately hid from us — that we find so upsetting. Nice try."... (Read more)

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