Democrats are warning against the release of Jan. 6 tapes to Tucker Carlson

A crowd of pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is warning against the release of security footage from during the Capitol attack to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Democrats are sounding the alarm that a Fox News host’s access to thousands of hours of security tapes from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol could endanger the Capitol further and trigger a new wave of disinformation.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the release “one of the worst security risks since 9/11” in a letter to fellow senators Wednesday.

He issued the warning following reporting by Axios that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy granted Fox News host Tucker Carlson access to more than 40,000 hours of the tapes.

“The footage Speaker McCarthy is making available to Fox News is a treasure trove of closely held information about how the Capitol complex is protected and its public release would compromise the safety of the Legislative Branch and allow those who want to commit another attack to learn how Congress is safeguarded,” Schumer said.

Carlson on his Monday night program said his team was reviewing the security footage. He has been a key figure in spreading false claims related to the siege, including incorrect claims that “antifa” groups or the FBI could be to blame for the attack.”

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