Feb 28, 2023 | News

Republicans Permit January 6 Defendants to Use Capitol Footage in Legal Defense

Republicans Permit January 6 Defendants to Use Capitol Footage in Legal Defense

House Republicans will permit January 6 defendants to use Capitol security footage in their legal defense, a decision that could impact ongoing prosecutions from the 2021 riot.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) said Tuesday that House Speaker McCarthy (R-CA) has granted the footage to defendants on a “case-by-case basis.”

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) speaks during the Elections Subcommittee field hearing on 'Voting Rights and Election Administration in Florida' at the Broward County Governmental Center on May 06, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The subcommittee is visiting different parts of the country examining voting rights, as well as evidence of voter purging and voter suppression efforts, among other voting related issues. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA). (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“Everyone accused of a crime in this country deserves due process, which includes access to evidence which may be used to prove their guilt or innocence,” Loudermilk told Politico. “It is our intention to make available any relevant documents or videos, on a case-by-case basis, as requested by attorneys representing defendants.”

Loudermilk, as the chair of the House Administration Committee’s oversight subpanel, will reportedly head up the dissemination of the footage. The access of the…

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