Republican Lawmakers Seek Investigation Into House Jan. 6 Committee

After House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) release of video footage of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, many Republican lawmakers have begun to seek an investigation into the House January 6 Committee. In December 2022, the committee found that former President Donald Trump incited violence and encouraged an insurrection to overturn the 2020 election.

Now that Johnson is releasing more than 40,000 hours of footage from the Capitol attack, many Republicans state that Jan. 6 saw many peaceful protestors, rather than violent insurrectionists.

As a result, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) are calling for investigations into the House January 6 Committee.

Nehls took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to call for this investigation. “The J6 committee was a sham,” he posted. “I knew it then. Everyone knows it now. Let’s investigate the investigators.”

Perhaps most notably, some Republicans want to look into the Republicans who were a part of the committee, former Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY).

Lee specifically called out Kinzinger and Cheney, as he believes they deliberately decided to hide nonviolent footage from the attack on the Capitol.

“Why didn’t Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger ever refer to any of these tapes?” Lee said. “Maybe they never looked for them. Maybe they never even questioned their own narrative. Maybe they were just too busy selectively leaking the text messages of Republicans they wanted to defeat.”

Kinzinger has already responded to the video releases, saying, “What did ya find? Please elaborate with details because you sound very sure.”

Johnson’s release of more than 40,000 hours of footage from Jan. 6 marks the completion of a promise he gave to many Republicans upon running for speaker of the House. However, according to Johnson, these videos are being released for transparency. He says he wants the public to be able to decide for themselves what happened on Jan. 6.

Republicans have applauded Johnson’s actions, including former President Donald Trump. Though not all Republicans are calling for an investigation into the Jan. 6 committee, many are praising what they see as a transparent move.

However, Democrats and critics of Johnson state that these releases could compromise Capitol security.