Trump praises Speaker for ‘bravery’ in releasing ‘J6 recordings’

Former President Donald Trump commended House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., on Friday for his bravery in releasing all of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot videos from the Capitol.

Johnson earlier Friday announced the beginning of the release of 44,000 hours of footage, with approximately 90 hours already available online. The rollout will continue over the weekend and the next several months.

Trump posted on Truth Social, “Congratulations to Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson for having the Courage and Fortitude to release all of the J6 Tapes, which will explicitly reveal what really happened on January 6th!” 

Johnson assured that the faces of private citizens will be blurred to “avoid any persons from being targeted for retaliation,” and another 5% of footage will be redacted to protect Capitol security interests.

Many Republicans, who have maintained that Democrats exaggerated the Jan. 6 events, have been calling for the release of the tapes in the three years since the attacks. They were rebuffed by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who opted instead to keep a small circle of those who could view the tapes and only on Capitol grounds.

Trump said at a campaign stop in Houston that he calls the rioters sentenced to prison terms for their roles on Jan. 6 “hostages.”

Trump has also said he’d consider pardons for some convicted of crimes related to Jan. 6. He released a song, “Justice for All,”Earlier this year by Donald J. Trump and the J6 Prison Choir.

The Jan. 6 riot is also a centerpiece of the federal criminal charges brought against Trump for allegedly trying to subvert the 2020 election. That trial is scheduled to begin March 4, 2024.

Mark Swanson |

Mark Swanson, a Newsmax writer and editor, has nearly three decades of experience covering news, culture and politics.

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