New Questions Arise After Tucker Carlson Released Footage From the January 6th Capitol Protest

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New surveillance footage from the January 6 riot at the US Capitol has been released by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The video appears to show two Capitol police officers escorting Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon Shaman,” throughout the building. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) granted Carlson exclusive access to more than 40,000 hours of video from that day.

Carlson highlighted during the segment that “virtually every moment” of Chansley’s time inside the Capitol was caught on tape. He went on to claim that the tapes reveal how Capitol police officers never stopped Chansley and instead acted as his tour guides: “The tapes show the Capitol police never stopped Jacob Chansley. They helped him. They acted as his tour guides.”

This latest revelation adds to ongoing scrutiny surrounding law enforcement’s response to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

During the segment, Carlson went on to accuse Capitol police officers of being allies with Jacob Chansley, stating “Not one of them even tried to slow him down.” He then questioned why officers standing next to Chansley didn’t arrest him if he was committing a “grave crime,” suggesting that Chansley understood the police were on his side.

Chansley, who is widely recognized as the “QAnon Shaman,” pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding and has since been sentenced to 41 months in prison.

The New York Times initially reported that rioters had killed Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher during the January 6th insurrection. However, following an autopsy, the newspaper retracted its report and corrected the cause of death to a stroke that occurred the day after the attack.

In a statement, the US Capitol Police (USCP) asserted, “This does not alter the fact that Officer Sicknick died while bravely defending Congress and the Capitol in the line of duty. The assault on our officers, including Brian, was an assault on our democracy.”

According to Carlson, video evidence indicates that Ray Epps, a figure whose involvement in the Capitol riot has been scrutinized, perjured himself by claiming he was at his hotel when he texted his nephew about “orchestrating” protests. “The surveillance footage we obtained reveals that Ray Epps actually stayed at the Capitol for another thirty minutes,” Carlson revealed. “What was Epps up to during this time? We can’t say for certain. However, it is clear that he lied to investigators.”