Schumer slams McCarthy over Tucker Carlson’s access to Jan. 6 security footage


(*6*)WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned Wednesday that Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s reported choice to hand over 1000’s of hours of security footage from the Jan. 6 assault to conservative Fox Information host Tucker Carlson “poses grave security dangers” to lawmakers and others who work within the Capitol.And it could lead on to one other assault on the constructing, Schumer warned in a letter to Senate colleagues.“The speaker is needlessly exposing the Capitol advanced to one of many worst security dangers since 9/11,” Schumer wrote. “The footage Speaker McCarthy is making obtainable to Fox Information is a treasure trove of intently held details about how the Capitol advanced is protected and its public launch would compromise the security of the Legislative Department and permit those that need to commit one other assault to find out how Congress is safeguarded.”Releasing the security footage discloses the placement of security cameras throughout the Capitol grounds, “making it more durable and extra harmful for our courageous Capitol cops to do their job,” Schumer mentioned. It additionally may reveal “extremely guarded plans for the continuity of presidency” within the occasion of an assault.“All issues anybody who would need to hurt our nation would love to study,” Schumer mentioned.Throughout his present on Monday, Carlson instructed his viewers that he and his producers had gained access to roughly 44,000 hours of security digital camera footage taken from the Jan. 6 riot.Axios and different information retailers have reported that McCarthy supplied the Jan. 6 footage to Carlson, although NBC Information has not independently verified that data. McCarthy’s workplace didn’t reply to repeated requests for remark in regards to the matter.It is a growing story. Please test again for updates.Scott WongScott Wong is a senior congressional reporter for NBC Information. Liz Brown-KaiserLiz Brown-Kaiser covers Capitol Hill for NBC Information.Rebecca Shabad contributed.

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