WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s reported decision to turn over thousands of hours of security footage of the Jan. 6 attack to conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson is a “serious security threat” to lawmakers and others. risks” that work. Capital.
And it could spark another attack on the building, Schumer warned in a letter to Senate colleagues.
Schumer wrote, “The speaker is needlessly exposing the Capitol complex to one of the worst security risks since 9/11.” “In the footage President McCarthy is making available to Fox News, the finer points of how the Capitol Complex is guarded and its public release would compromise the security of the legislative branch and allow those who want to launch another attack to learn There is a wealth of information from Congress is safe.
The release of security footage revealing the location of security cameras on the Capitol grounds, Schumer said, “makes it harder and more dangerous for our brave Capitol Police officers to do their jobs.” It could also reveal “highly guarded plans for continuity of government” in the event of an attack.
“Anyone who wants to harm our country would love to learn all the things,” Schumer said.
During his show on Monday, Carlson told his audience that he and his producers had gained access to nearly 44,000 hours of security camera footage taken from the January 6 riots.
Axios and other news outlets have reported that McCarthy provided the January 6 footage to Carlson, although NBC News has not independently verified that information. McCarthy’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment about the case.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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