GOP to Democrats: Put Up or Shut Up

U.S. Capitol Riot - January 6, 2021

( – Ever since the protest and riot that took place at the United States Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021, Congressional Democrats have alleged that some Congressional Republicans were seen giving “tours” to individuals in the days before January 6 and that those tours were to show those individuals where offices and other vital locations are located so they’d know how to reach them during the attack on the Capitol.

Now the Republicans have a message for the Democrats: Put up or shut up.

The Republicans are demanding the Democrats release security video footage taken inside the Capitol that the Republicans insist will show no such “tours” were given by Republicans.

As The Hill notes in “GOP reps call for release of security footage amid allegations of ‘reconnaissance tours'”:

“Republicans on the House Administration Committee are asking for the release of Capitol security footage from Jan. 5 last year as a way to answer lingering questions over whether some GOP lawmakers led “reconnaissance tours” shortly before the deadly riot.

“A letter from Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), the committee’s ranking member, says that Republicans themselves have reviewed the videos from that time period, finding no footage of large group tours.”

According to the Republicans, they know that if the footage is released, it will prove the Republicans didn’t do anything nefarious.

“We have reviewed the security footage from the Capitol Complex during the relevant period preceding January 6, 2021, and we know it does not support these repeated Democrat accusations about so-called ‘reconnaissance’ tours,” he wrote in a letter obtained by The Hill.”

This would seem to be an easy allegation to prove one way or the other. Given the seriousness of the accusations by Democrats, they should immediately release the requested security video footage.

What is your opinion? Should the Democrats release the security video footage that the Republicans assert will prove they did nothing nefarious as far as conducting “reconnaissance tours” in the days before January 6, 2021? Why or why not? Please email [email protected] with your opinion. Thank you.